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.

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

Upon receipt, store samples at room temperature. Testing within 24-48 hours is recommended to reduce the risk of sample deterioration.

Additional Comments

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

Product details last updated on May 24, 2023