Synovial Fluid

The RCPAQAP Synovial Fluid discipline assesses the ability of laboratories to detect the key disease-related crystals (monosodium urate monohydrate, calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate) and to differentiate those from other crystalline structures such as corticosteroid, cholesterol and cartilage that may be found in synovial fluid.

The Synovial Fluid Crystals Program Safety Data Sheet (SDS) can be accessed here.

Synovial Fluid Crystals

The aim of this program is to assess the detection of key disease related crystals found in synovial fluid.

The Educational Component includes videos of microscopic examination of synovial fluid and is complementary with the program.

Catalogue Number


Frequency (No of surveys/year)


Cases/samples per survey


Sample Type

Synovial fluid

Sample volume



April, November


Monosodium urate monohydrate (Urate), calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) or other crystals

Storage and Handling

Samples must be stored at room temperature but should be examined as soon as possible

Additional Comments

The Education Component is not covered under the scope of accreditation by NATA.

Product details last updated on August 16, 2021