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New! BAC Recommended Code of Practice for Cervical Cytology Laboratories

The BAC has published its 2015 edition of the recommended code of practice for cytology laboratories participating in the UK cervical screening programme.

Like its predecessor, the BSCC code of practice 2010, this updated code brings together existing national guidance and recommendations for best practice into a single document, puts generic guidance into the context of the cervical cytology laboratory and provides professional recommendations on cervical cytology working practices. Much of the guidance in the 2010 code is still relevant and has been retained; nevertheless there have been changes in cytology practice in the last few years and most sections have been updated with some, particularly information technology, HPV testing, multidisciplinary team working, education and training re-written to reflect these changes.

Key points in each of the sections are emphasised with bullet points, and differences between the four UK nations are highlighted in the text and appendices. Throughout, there are numerous electronic links to guidance endorsed by the BAC, such as NHSCSP, IBMS and Royal College of Pathologists’ publications.

Given that further changes and developments within the various NHS cervical screening programmes are inevitable, the BAC hopes to keep this document up to date with annual review and revision.