Requirements for the Supervision of Pathology Laboratories 2007

This is a publication for the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Health and outlines the retention requirements for laboratory records and diagnostic material.

Page last updated: 18 February 2014

This document was first published in 1999. It details the standards used to assure the safety, quality and efficacy of pathology testing through effective supervision.

In 2007, in response to various requests for clarification received from individual laboratories, NPAAC undertook a short, focussed review to address the following specific issues:

  1. clarification of the wording to ensure that supervisory obligations for the pathologist are specified for Category GX and GY.
  2. clarification of the supervisory obligations in the circumstances of a part-time pathologist as well as for a laboratory operating for less than full-time hours of operation.
It is to serve as a guide to laboratory directors and accreditation assessors on the application of the principles embodied in the Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratory - Approval) Principles 1999, or equivalent. These requirements should be regarded as the minimum acceptable standards for good laboratory practice.

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The date of effect for this document is 1 January 2008.