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.

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.

NPAAC is a statutory committee established under subsection 9(1) of the National Health Act 1953 through an Order in Council. The Order in Council outlines NPAAC’s role, membership and function and was last updated in 2003.

NPAAC membership consists of pathology experts from various professional and scientific organisations, consumer representative and representatives from the states and territories and the Australian Government.

NPAAC’s other functions include:

  • developing accreditation policies for pathology laboratories
  • introducing and maintaining consistent standards of practice in pathology laboratories throughout Australia
  • initiating, promoting and coordinating education programs relating to pathology laboratory practice
  • providing advice about the accreditation of a particular laboratory.

For more details about NPAAC, look at:

Constitution of the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Order No. 1 of 1997

Constitution of the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Amendment Order No. 1 of 2003

National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Strategic Plan 2020–2025

Additional advisory committees and working groups support NPAAC’s statutory functions and assist in delivering on its work program.