Public consultation – Medical testing for human genetic variation standard (Third Edition) and Packaging and transport of pathology specimens and associated materials standard (Fifth Edition)
Public consultation on the Medical testing for human genetic variation testing standard (Third Edition) and the Packaging and transport of pathology specimens and associated materials standard (Fifth Edition) closed on 1 June 2022.
The drafts for consultation have been developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council's Human Nucleic Acid Detection (NAD) Drafting Committee and Transport Redrafting Working Group in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission).
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The drafts for consultation assume working knowledge of the Medical testing for human genetic variation standard (Third Edition) and Packaging and transport of pathology specimens and associated materials standard (Fifth Edition).
The Commission has reformatted the standards to enhance readability and clarify what is being assessed for accreditation. For example:
- Action items appear with numbers such as 1.01 or 1.02. Only statements numbered in this way are considered requirements; all other material is provided as guidance.
- Plain English is used throughout the document where appropriate.
- Sections and headings are numbered consistently for ease of reference.
- References have been updated to reflect updated evidence or resources.
The Commission worked closely with the Human NAD Drafting Committee and the Transport Redrafting Working Group to ensure the technical content and intent of the standards have not been impacted because of the change in format and structure.
You can provide feedback on the drafts for consultation using the respective online feedback forms below:
For more information on the updates to the standards, including a summary of changes, download the PDF.