NPAAC Supervision Certification Modules

Over the past twelve months, discipline-specific groups of Fellows have been working collaboratively with our Genetic Pathology Fellows in preparation for the release of the revised Requirements for the Supervision in the Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Fifth Edition 2018). The College wishes to ensure that appropriate measures are in place so that Fellows who are currently supervising clinically-robust molecular and genetic testing services can maintain their involvement after the revised come into force on 01 August 2019. The College has therefore developed discipline-specific certification modules for current supervisors of molecular testing who are not genetic pathologists. It is acknowledged that this is a complex and constantly changing environment and the content of the modules and approach may be required to be amended in the future.

The College is now offering a process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Pathologists who already have the expertise required to supervise this genomics/ molecular/ microbial genomics; who are doing so in a NATA/RCPA-accredited environment, and who have a sound performance record in relevant external quality assurance programs.

Anatomical Pathology

Chemical Pathology

General Pathology

For specific Module information, please consult each of the discipline specific handbooks.

Haematology

Immunopathology

Microbiology

The Training and Assessment Pathway will be offered for those who do not meet RPL requirements, but who require upskilling in molecular/genomic methods within their discipline. Requirements for this pathway will be fulfilled through attainment of competency, rather than by a defined training time, with appropriate supervision and both formative and summative assessments.

The training and assessment pathways are currently being developed by The College. The College will communicate to the Fellowship once these Pathways are available for registration.

Requirements for the Supervision in the Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Fifth Edition 2018)

This is a publication for the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) which is managed by the Australian Government Department of Health and outlines the supervision requirements for medical laboratories.

Category S, SB & M Laboratories

The College is offering an assessment of non-pathologists, to allow appropriate supervision of Category S, Category SB and Category M laboratories, in accordance with the Requirements for the Supervision in the Clinical Governance of Medical Pathology Laboratories (Fifth Edition 2018). Specialist Medical Practitioners who are not Pathologists with relevant qualifications or skills and with a current scope of practice, who will become the Designated Person and who will be responsible for the clinical governance of the laboratory are encouraged to contact the College at supervision@rcpa.edu.au for further information.

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24-Apr-2019
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