Guidance

Cervical screening: accepting samples in laboratories

This is to help commissioners, sample takers and laboratories reduce errors associated with cervical screening sample requests.

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The purpose of this document is to improve the quality of service provided by the NHS Cervical Screening Programme (NHSCSP) by reducing the administrative and technical errors associated with cervical screening sample requests. It includes pathways, roles and responsibilities.

Implementing this guidance will reduce:

  • the risk of people receiving incorrect screening
  • the time taken for people to receive their cervical screening test results

Contact the PHE Screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 3 April 2017
Last updated 26 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Amended section 6.3 to show women on routine recall taken more than 3 months ahead of schedule.

  2. Reviewed and revised in line with updated guidance on primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening implementation.

  3. Reverted to previous version until updated version ready.

  4. Reviewed and revised in line with updated guidance on primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening implementation.

  5. First published.