NPAAC Publications

This is the publications page for the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Page last updated: 19 November 2015

Style Guide for drafting NPAAC Publications

This style guide has been introduced recently to create consistency across all NPAAC publications with the view that it will assist laboratories in locating and accessing the relevant information.
Style Guide for drafting NPAAC Publications (Online)

Style Guide for drafting NPAAC Publications (PDF 437 KB)

Document Hierarchy System for Developing NPAAC Standards

Tier 1 - The Principles

Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories - Approvals) Principles 2002

Tier 2 - Overarching standards for all Pathology Services

Requirements for Medical Pathology Services (First Edition 2013)

Tier 3A - Supervisory Requirements for pathology laboratories

Requirements for the Supervision of Pathology Laboratories 2007 Edition

Tier 3B - Technical and specific detailed Requirements for good medical practice in all pathology services

Requirements for the Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty 2007 Edition

Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials Fourth Edition 2013 - Please note that this document has an amendment.

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

Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Material (Sixth Edition 2013) - Please note that this document has an amendment.

Requirements for Information Communication(Third Edition 2013)

Requirements for the Development and Use of In-House In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (Third Edition 2014)

Guidelines for approved Pathology Collection Centres (Requirements for Medical Pathology Specimen Collection) (Third Edition 2013)

Tier 4 - Technical publications for specific areas of pathology

Anatomical Pathology

Requirements for the Performance of Anatomical Pathology Cut-up(Fourth Edition 2013)

Requirements for the Facilities and Operations of Mortuaries (Third Edition 2013)

Performance Measures for Australian Laboratories Reporting Cervical Cytology (Third Edition 2015)

Requirements for Gynaecological (Cervical) Cytology (Second Edition 2014)

Genetic Pathology

Requirements for Medical Testing of Human Nucleic Acids (Second Edition 2013)

Requirements for Cytogenetic Testing (Third Edition 2013)

Haematology

Requirements for Transfusion Laboratory Practice (Second Edition 20013)

Requirements for Procedures Related to the Collection, Processing, Storage and Issue of Human Haemopoietic Progenitor Cells (Fifth Edition 2015)

Microbiology

Requirements for Laboratory Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Third Edition 2013)

Requirements for Medical Testing of Microbial Nucleic Acids (Second edition 2013)

If you are unable to view these documents, please contact the NPAAC Secretariat and a copy will be sent to you.

Best Practice Pathology Guidelines

This page contains best practice guidelines developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council.

Guidelines for Point of Care Testing (First Edition 2015)

The Provision of Direct to Consumer Genetic Tests Guiding Principles for Providers (Second Edition 2014)

Draft Documents

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council has Draft Documents which are available for public consultation.
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