Diagnostic Non Gyn Cytology|
The UK NEQAS CPT Diagnostic Non Gyn Cytology scheme is aimed at laboratories / organisations performing a diagnostic non gyn cytology service, as part of routine Cellular Pathology or as a stand-alone unit. Diagnostic non gyn cytology is a specialist area within cellular pathology which utilises both the Papanicolou (PAP) and Romanowsky stains, in the interpretation of specimens to help identify various types of cancer and certain infections. It involves the microscopic examination of cells exfoliated into body fluids such as urine or obtained from body cavities in the chest, abdomen or from cysts, to identify disease. Samples can also be obtained by aspiration of cells from solid lumps using a fine needle. Diagnostic non gyn cytology can include fine needle aspiration (FNA), urine cytology, fluid cytology including crystals examination in synovial fluids, sputum cytology, brushings and washings cytology, cyst fluids, FNA fluids and cerebrospinal fluids. Preparations can be carried out by traditional spread techniques, cytospin or a liquid-based cytology single layer technique.
DISTRIBUTIONS PER YEAR: 6
PROGRAMME OF ANALYSIS:
UK NEQAS CPT Non Gynae Diagnostic Cytology scheme assesses the proficiency of participants on 2 routine staining methods, on a range of sample types / preparations, at each distribution, 6 distributions annually. Using an agreed annual schedule, participants who have registered with UK NEQAS CPT, receive and return to UK NEQAS CPT sections of tissue that they have tested for an agreed test item.
Details of the performance criteria for this programme can be obtained from UK NEQAS Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT) directly.
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 445 2719
Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT)
UK NEQAS CPT is an international organisation providing a comprehensive range of EQA and proficiency testing programmes for all aspects of tissue diagnostics. UK NEQAS CPT has been successfully running for over 20 years, providing a secure, established service, encompassing EQA and proficiency testing programmes, education and support for all practicing pathology laboratories in the UK and to other pathology based facilities throughout the world. Our participating laboratories have collectively submitted over 190,000 slides to our scheme, to be graded by our experts, to guide and to ensure best practice and gold standard results. We ensure that all our participants receive high quality, appropriate, clinically relevant and challenging samples that fully meet their facility’s requirements; and that our assessment of those samples is consistent, carried out by qualified assessors, graded and anonymously compared and peer reviewed. UK NEQAS CPT is a UKAS accredited proficiency testing provider No. 8268