Work on the Framework was undertaken by a Framework Committee and was based on the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Committees (NPAAC) structure with a view to their future incorporation into NPACC standards. The Framework committee was comprised of a team of pathologists, Michael Legg (President of the Health Informatics Society of Australia - HISA), and the project manager for structured reporting. Input from a team of medical writers, Biotext, fine tuned this initial version into documents that could be used to edit the initial six cancer specific protocols and all subsequent protocols.
These documents are designed for use by expert committees developing a new protocol or revising or updating an existing protocol for structured pathology reporting of cancer. The Framework documents consist of a word template and a general guideline document. The aim is to ensure that protocols produced for different tumour types have a consistent look and feel, and contain all the parameters needed to guide management and prognostication.
Updates to the Framework documents are also expected in the future as additional protocols are developed and general themes and issues arise.