Standards for Pathology Laboratory Participation in External Proficiency Testing Programs

This document is issued by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) as the primary standard for assessing the participation of pathology laboratories in external proficiency testing programs.

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    Commonwealth of Australia 2004

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    National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council


    The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) was established in 1979 to consider and make recommendations to the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments on matters related to the accreditation of pathology laboratories and the introduction and maintenance of uniform standards of practice in pathology laboratories throughout Australia. An ongoing function of NPAAC is to formulate standards, and to initiate and promote guidelines and educational programs relating to the performance of pathology tests.
    Publications produced by NPAAC are issued as accreditation materials to provide guidance to laboratories and accrediting agencies as to the minimum standards considered acceptable for good laboratory practice.
    Failure to meet these minimum standards may pose a risk to public health and patient safety.

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