Cervical screening: Pap staining quality assessment

This publication explains the external quality assessment scheme for evaluating Papanicolaou (Pap) staining in cervical screening.

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External quality assessment scheme for the evaluation of Papanicolaou staining in cervical cytology

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This publication outlines the external quality assessment (EQA) scheme for Papanicolaou (Pap) staining in cervical cytology.

It provides information about:

  • what the Pap staining EQA is
  • the purpose of the scheme
  • assessor training
  • performance assessment
  • confidentiality procedures
  • education and support processes

Standard operating procedures

The document also includes the 9 standard operating procedures for the Pap staining in cervical screening EQA.

Published 1 February 2004