Best Practice Pathology Guidelines

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

Page last updated: 18 August 2020

Guidelines for COVID-19 Temporary Collection Facilities (Drive through and Pop-up)

As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary collection facilities have been established by either state/ territory governments or laboratory providers for the collection of specimens from patients. This is with the aim of providing more access to collection services that will enable more testing for COVID to occur.

To support the temporary COVID collection facilities, the following guidance is provided with the aim of reducing any potential risks to patients and aimed at ensuing quality pathology results.

Guidelines for COVID-19 Temporary Collection Facilities (Drive through and Pop up) (PDF 285 KB)
Guidelines for COVID-19 Temporary Collection Facilities (Drive through and Pop up) (Word 45 KB)

Guidelines for Point of Care Testing

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to users of the technology and to describe the key quality requirements for the performance of Point of Care Testing (PoCT) to ensure the safety and quality of test results. This document sets out the best practice guidelines for governance, quality systems, staff training, safety, environmental issues, specimen and result integrity, related to the performance of PoCT. The appendices also contain checklists to assist in the interpretation of these Guidelines.

These Guidelines do not cover detailed operations of PoCT devices or training of staff that operate these devices. Self-testing at home and advice on the use and evaluation of specific analytical devices are also outside of the scope of this document. This document is a first edition and was published in 2015.

Guidelines for Point of Care Testing (First Edition 2015)

The Provision of Direct to Consumer Genetic Tests, Guiding Principles for Providers

These principles for the provision of direct to consumer genetic tests are based on the United Kingdom (UK) Genetics Commissions Direct-to-Consumer Principles Framework having been adapted for the Australian context. This document provides guidance for providers of Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing with the aim of ensuring the quality of services and the safety of clients. This document is the second revision of the Guiding Principles for Direct to Consumer Genetic Tests and was published in 2014.

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