National pathology accreditation standards
The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) is responsible for developing and maintaining the accreditation standards for Australian pathology laboratories. The standards are categorised into four main tiers as follows:
Requirements for cervical screening (First Edition 2023)
From 1 August 2024, this new edition of standards will be replacing three previous Tier 4 NPAAC documents, namely:
- Requirements for laboratories reporting tests for the National Cervical Screening Program (Second Edition 2019)
- Requirements for validation of self-collected vaginal swabs for use in the National Cervical Screening Program (First Edition 2019)
- Performance measures for Australian laboratories reporting cervical
The date of effect for the Requirements for cervical screening (First Edition 2023) will be from 1 August 2024.
This document sets out the standards for using Human Papillomavirus nucleic acid testing as the primary screening method for cervical cancer screening.
- National Pathology Accreditation Scheme
The National Pathology Accreditation (NPA) Scheme provides for the Australia-wide coordination of accreditation processes for pathology laboratories in Australia.
- Resources for the pathology standards
Resources that support clinicians, service providers and accrediting agencies by providing guidance on the requirements for pathology laboratories to be accredited
- National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council
The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) is responsible for developing and maintaining the accreditation standards for pathology laboratories in Australia.
- Safety and Quality Advice Centre
The Advice Centre provides support for pathology services, assessors and accrediting agencies on pathology accreditation standards implementation.