Cervical screening: programme and colposcopy management

NHSCSP publication 20: guidelines for commissioners, providers and programme managers, for providing the NHS cervical screening service.


Colposcopy and programme management guidelines for the NHS cervical screening programme


This document provides commissioners, providers and programme managers guidelines for providing the NHS cervical screening programme. The document covers:

  • programme policy
  • screening strategies
  • referral guidelines for colposcopy
  • quality and diagnostic standards for colposcopy clinics
  • infections and colposcopy
  • treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)
  • colposcopy follow up
  • pregnancy, contraception, menopause and hysterectomy
  • screening and management of immunosuppressed women
  • management of glandular abnormalities
Published 3 May 2010
Last updated 14 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Published 3rd edition of guidance.
  2. First published.