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External Quality Assurance (EQA) Procedures

  1. Exchange of slides scheme.
  2. Proficiency testing schemes.
  3. Accreditation and certification of cytotechnologists and cytopathologists.
  4. Appraisal of Management , laboratory organisation and performance.

EQA : Exchange of slides & proficiency testing

EQA :Accreditation and certification

Summary of quality assurance procedures:

Internal QAP (daily basis) Internal QAP (monthly basis)
Check data entry, stains, laboratory processing Biopsy/cytology comparison
Systematic assessment of smear adequacy Review smear history of women with CIN3 or invasive cancer for possible false negative smears
QC check of negative and inadequate smears Statistical monitoring of laboratory performance
Referral of abnormal smears and cases with suspicious clinical features to pathologist Control workload, regulate slide storage, Monitor turnaround time
Peer review of abnormal smears Check standard operating procedures (SOPs) are up to date