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The RCPAQAP Anatomical Pathology discipline offers programs in the areas of diagnostic and technical proficiency of histopathology laboratories. Diagnostic survey cases are selected to demonstrate either classical histological features of a disease process, common disease processes observed in routine pathology laboratories or critical disease processes of educational value to participants. The diagnostic proficiency programs offer enrolments for laboratories, individual pathologists and trainees.

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In 2008 the Australian Government established a two-tiered list of Security Sensitive Biological Agents (SSBA) as part of the SSBA Regulatory Scheme for the control of select agents and toxins. Funding was subsequently made available through the Department of Health to establish RCPAQAP Biosecurity, with the aim of providing a quality assurance and proficiency testing program (PTP) for Tier 1 and Tier 2 SSBA, other potential agents and communicable disease threats. The program now offers surveys free of charge to Australian laboratories and for a fee to approved overseas laboratories with a view to building and enhancing laboratory capacity and capability to detect, analyze, identify and report on these agents.

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The RCPAQAP Chemical Pathology discipline programs are run in association with the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists (AACB) whose members provide expertise and assistance via specialized Advisory Committees. All Chemical Pathology Full Programs are made up of data management and a complete set of material containing all the samples to be analyzed for the full enrolment year is distributed to participants following enrolment.

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The RCPAQAP Cytopathology discipline offers external quality assurance programs that encompass both gynaecological and non-gynaecological Cytopathology practice. Laboratories may enrol in any or all of the programs. Technical exercises are selected to assess common or critical features demonstrated by routine methods in the laboratory. Questionnaires on laboratory practice may also be issued.

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Surveys are dispatched each month within the year with a wide range of samples for both routine and specialist Haematology testing.

Data Management – which includes result entry and all associated reports. A Participant Handbook and Schedules, along with all Result and Method Sheets are supplied in the RCPAQAP myQAP online customer portal.

Full program (material) – a complete set of material containing all the samples to be analysed for the full enrolment year is distributed to participants following enrolment.

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Participating laboratories may select from a group of RCPAQAP Immunology program modules that comprehensively cover the assays performed in Clinical Immunology.

All Immunology programs are made of two components:

Data Management – which includes result entry and all associated reports. A Participant Handbook and Schedules, along with all Result and Method Sheets are supplied in the RCPAQAP myQAP online customer portal.

Purchasing a Data Management enrolment is useful when the material from the Full Program can be shared with a second instrument or a satellite/branch laboratory on the same site.

Full program (material) – a complete set of material containing all the samples to be analysed for the full enrolment year is distributed to participants following enrolment.

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