NPAAC Publications

This is the publications page for the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Page last updated: 14 April 2022

For queries related to pathology accreditation standards, please refer to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care:

Telephone: 1800 304 056


NPAAC Document Hierarchy

Tier 1 - The Principles

Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories - Approvals) Principles 2017

Tier 2 - Overarching standards for all Pathology Services

Requirements for Medical Pathology Services (Third Edition 2018)

Tier 3A - Supervisory Requirements for pathology laboratories

Requirements for Supervision in Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Sixth Edition 2021)

Requirements for the Communication of High Risk Pathology Results (First Edition 2020)

Tier 3B - Technical and specific detailed Requirements for good medical practice in all pathology services

Requirements for the Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty 2007 Edition

Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials Fourth Edition 2013
Please note that this document has an amendment.

Requirements for Quality Control, External Quality Assessment and Method Evaluation (Sixth Edition 2018)

Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Material (Ninth Edition 2022)

Requirements for Information Communication and Reporting (Fourth Edition 2020)

Requirements for the Development and Use of In-House In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (Fourth Edition 2018)

Guidelines for Approved Pathology Collection Centres (Requirements for Medical Pathology Specimen Collection) (Third Edition 2013)

Tier 4 - Technical publications for specific areas of pathology

Anatomical Pathology

Requirements for the Performance of Anatomical Pathology Cut-up (Fourth Edition 2013)

Requirements for the Facilities and Operations of Mortuaries (Third Edition 2013)

Performance Measures for Australian Laboratories Reporting Cervical Cytology (Third Edition 2015)

Requirements for Laboratories Reporting Tests for the National Cervical Screening Program (Second Edition 2019)

Requirements for Validation of Self-Collected Vaginal Swabs for Use in the National Cervical Screening Program (First Edition 2019)

Requirements for the Use of Digital Images as an Alternative to Direct Microscopy (First Edition 2021)

Genetic Pathology

Requirements for Human Medical Genome Testing Utilising Massively Parallel Sequencing Technologies (First Edition 2017)

Requirements for Medical Testing of Human Nucleic Acids (Second Edition 2013)

Requirements for Cytogenetic Testing (Third Edition 2013)


Requirements for Transfusion Laboratory Practice (Fourth Edition 2019)

Requirements for Procedures related to the Collection, Processing, Storage and Issue of Human Haemopoietic Progenitor Cells (Sixth Edition 2021)


Requirements for Laboratory Testing of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) (Third Edition 2013)

Requirements for Medical Testing of Microbial Nucleic Acids (Second Edition 2013)

Reproductive Technologies

Requirements for Semen Analysis (First Edition 2017)

Point of Care

Requirements for Point of Care Testing (Second Edition 2021)

Best Practice Pathology Guidelines

This content best practice guidelines developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council.

The Provision of Direct to Consumer Genetic Tests Guiding Principles for Providers (Second Edition 2014)

Guides to understanding NPAAC publications

The guides to understanding NPAAC publications developed by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council.

Draft Documents

The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council has Draft Documents which are available for public consultation.

If you are unable to view these documents, please email the NPAAC Secretariat and a copy will be sent to you.