The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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This section deals with the specimen collection requirements for practitioner and self-collected tests and the requirements for retention of specimens for both screening and non-screening tests.
S3.1 The laboratory must advise requesting practitioners that the specimen must be identified as a screening specimen, follow-up specimen, specimen from a symptomatic woman, post-treatment specimen or a self-collected specimen.
S3.2 The laboratory must provide advice for practitioners on the collection of satisfactory cervical specimens, such that:
S3.3 The collection medium/ device used by practitioners to collect the cervical sample must be suitable and validated for use with both the HPV NAT offered and the LBC test, as intended by the manufacturer.
S3.4 To avoid re-collection there must be sufficient residual specimen present for reflex LBC before additional samples are removed for other microbiological tests, such as Chlamydia, that may be performed subsequently on the screening sample.
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S3.5 The HPV NAT material must be retained in accordance with S5.5.††
S3.6 The residual sample, where LBC has been performed, must be retained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, for a period of at least one month after the report is validated in accordance with S5.5 and with the Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Materials.
S3.7 The specimens for HPV NAT and LBC must be retained in accordance with the Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Materials.
S3.8 Self-collected specimens must be clearly identified as such.
S3.9 The laboratory must provide instructions for self-sampling.
S3.10 The collection device and collection medium if used, must be suitable and validated for use with the HPV NAT method.
S3.11 The self-collected HPV NAT material must be retained in accordance with the Requirements for the Retention of Laboratory Records and Diagnostic Materials.
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