Cervical screening: accepting samples in laboratories

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


Guidance for acceptance of cervical screening samples in laboratories and pathways, roles and responsibilities

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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 women receiving incorrect screening
  • the time taken for all women to receive their cervical screening test results
Published 3 April 2017