Pathology accreditation standards

The pathology accreditation standards used in Australia protect the public from harm and ensure consistency in pathology practice.

Upcoming consultations

The Commission, in partnership with the National Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) is undertaking a review of the national pathology accreditation standards. The proposed review schedule is below. This is for 2022 to 2024 only and may not include all current pathology accreditation standards. The schedule below is grouped by year and may not be in the exact order of review.

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National Pathology Accreditation Standards are issued as accreditation material to provide guidance to laboratories and accrediting agencies about minimum standards considered acceptable for good laboratory practice.

For enquiries about the NPA Scheme or the resources, email pathology@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Proposed review schedule:

NPA Scheme news and announcements

National pathology accreditation standards

NPAAC is responsible for developing and maintaining the accreditation standards for Australian pathology laboratories. The standards are categorised into four main tiers as follows:

Links

  • 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

    The resources below 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.

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