Module - Principles and Practice of Cervical Cytology and Diagnostic Cytopathology (Competency 1)


Competency information

Receive, label and store a wide range of cytopathology specimens.

Knowledge and skills you might demonstrate


  • Minimum data set required for identification of samples and the importance of ensuring that this is complete and correct.
  • Factors affecting sample integrity and appropriate corrective action.
  • Procedures for handling samples which may contain category 2, 3 and 4 pathogens.
  • Relevant records, their importance and how to complete these correctly.
  • Types and implications of hazards and risks associated with handling of cytopathology specimens and relevant control measures.
  • Correct location and storage of documentation and specimens at each stage of processing.
  • Types and implications of hazards and risks associated with handling of specimens and relevant control measures.
  • The quality management process that ensures the correct location and storage of documentation and specimens at each stage of the process.