Requirements for Participation in External Quality Assessment (Fifth Edition 2013)

This document is issued by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) for the guidance of laboratories in Australia in providing the minimum standards considered acceptable for assessing the participation of pathology laboratories in external quality assessment programs.

Page last updated: 08 January 2014

Participation in external quality assurance is a mandatory requirement for meeting acceptable performance standards. The Requirements for Enrolment and Participation in External Quality Assessment outlines the features that an external quality assessment program must have in order to provide an effective monitoring strategy for the various pathology disciplines. It is important for a laboratory to be able to select a quality assessment program which is compatible with the Medical Pathology Services being provided by the laboratory.

This document must be read in conjunction with the Tier 2 document - Requirements for Medical Pathology Services.

This document has a date of effect of 1 December 2013.

Requirements for Enrolment and Participation in External Quality Assessment (Fifth Edition 2013) (PDF 621 KB)
Requirements for Enrolment and Participation in External Quality Assessment (Fifth Edition 2013) (Word 55 KB)

If you have any difficulty accessing these documents please contact NPAAC Secretariat.