Cervical screening: cytopathology standards and evaluation criteria

This document sets out the standards, reporting guidelines and evaluation criteria for cytopathology in cervical screening.


Achievable standards, benchmarks for reporting, and criteria for evaluating cervical cytopathology

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This publication explains the achievable standards for cytopathology in cervical screening.

It includes information about:

  • working standards
  • reporting benchmarks
  • criteria for evaluation
  • key performance indicators
Published 1 January 2013