Recommended code of practice for cytology laboratories participating in the UK cervical screening programmes 2022

The BAC are pleased to announce that the latest update of the Code of Practice (CoP) has now been completed

This latest update encompasses the significant changes that have occurred in the UK cervical screening programmes (CSPs) since the previous update in 2017 and provides common principles and standards for all laboratories to work within. It recognises that the four national CSPs in the UK have developed different approaches to screening their populations and illustrates these differences where applicable.

Wherever possible, the recommendations given are evidence based, and where hard scientific evidence is not available, recommendations have been made based on expert professional consensus and in alignment with CSP guidance.

Whilst the CoP is aimed specifically at laboratories providing a cervical screening service, the CoP may also be a useful resource for laboratories providing diagnostic cytology services.