Implementation is vital for Australasia to reap the benefits of structured reporting.  A number of documents are available to provide advice and guidance with implementation.

This compliance matrix describes the significant stages of development that laboratories must transit to achieve a fully structured model.

The RCPA Board have recommended that laboratories throughout Australasia implement to at least level 3 or above. Please refer to the RCPA Policy and the implementation guide for further information.


Many laboratories in Australasia are operating with dated Laboratory Information Systems (LIS), particularly so in the area of anatomical pathology, where functionality is often based upon reports using variations of word processing software. This presents an issue for laboratories implementing Structured Pathology Reporting of Cancer.

To assist in bridging this gap, a functional requirements document has been drawn up which describes the functionality necessary for LIS to support structured pathology reporting. In addition, a universal design principles document has also been drawn up to provide a set of principles regarding the design of any pathology system.

These documents have been presented to Laboratory system vendors and other interested parties at meetings on 15th March, 3rd and 11th May 2011. The documents have been reviewed and endorsed by the Cancer Services Advisory Committee (CanSAC) and the RCPA Council.

SPR LIS Functional Requirements (v2.0)

This document contains:

Section 1: General concepts, foundational to an understanding of the functional requirements, and

Section 2: Functional Requirements - both mandatory and recommended functionality necessary for a LIS to support structured pathology reporting.

Universal Design Principles (v2.0)

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