NPAAC News

This page provides information on current National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Committee (NPAAC) activities.

Page last updated: 26 September 2019

Revised and new accreditation standards


The following revised and new accreditation standards have been recently published and incorporated in the Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories-Approval) Principles 2017:
  • Requirements for Transfusion Laboratory Practice (Fourth Edition 2019)
  • Requirements for Laboratories Reporting Tests for the National Cervical Screening Program (Second Edition 2019)
  • Requirements for Validation of Self-Collected Vaginal Swabs for use in the National Cervical Screening Program (First Edition 2019)

These standards will come into effect on the day after the legislative instrument is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Amendment Instrument – Pathology Principles

An amendment to the Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories-Approval) Principles 2017 came into effect on 1 August 2019 that provides a transition period for specified laboratories.

Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories-Approval) Amendment Instrument (No. 1) 2019

Documents for Review

NPAAC has commenced the development of the following new accreditation standards and would welcome any comments or supporting documentation that may inform the consideration process:
    • Requirements for the Communication of High Risk Pathology Results
    • Requirements for Digital Images as an Alternative to Direct Microscopy
NPAAC has commenced reviews on the following standards and welcome any comments that may inform the document review process:
    • Requirements for Information Communication
    • Guidelines for Point of Care Testing
    • Requirements for Medical Testing of Human Nucleic Acids
    • Requirements for Cytogenetic Testing
    • Guidelines for Approved Pathology Collection Centres (Requirements for Medical Pathology Specimen Collection
    • Requirements for the Facilities and Operations of Mortuaries
    • The Provision of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Guiding Principles for Providers
Should you have any queries or wish to provide comments to inform document reviews, please email the NPAAC Secretariat.