International Pathology Day

International Pathology Day (IPD) was established by the College in 2014 in partnership with a number of pathology and laboratory medicine institutions across the globe to recognise and celebrate the contribution and important role played by pathology and laboratory medicine services in addressing global health challenges and improving the health outcomes of communities around the world.  

Book onto International Pathology Day 2019

Advances in rapid and point-of-care diagnostic testing

For International Pathology Day 2019 the College is once again hosting a one day conference, organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine to bring together a global audience in celebration of a shared passion for pathology. The theme of this year’s event is advances in rapid and point of care diagnostic testing  with a series of diverse talks by key-note speakers. This will be followed by a live-streamed roundtable in the afternoon focussing on ‘a question of quality’, enabling the opportunity for global participation.

Delegates attending the day can also attend a sponsored lunchtime workshop centred on artificial intelligence and take part in a poster competition themed Bench to Bench: from basic science to clinical care.

The event has been accredited by the College for 4 Credits Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/ Continuing Medical Education (CME).  

Roundtable: A question of quality

Based on its media coverage, point of care testing (POCT) seems on the verge of an explosion. But, in many locations around the world, there are no standards or guidelines for such testing – and some have no quality assurance programs for POCT at all.

Chaired by Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, the panel will discuss if the lack of checks and balances spell doom for POCT and how can we improve the situation so that point-of-care tests operate under the same quality framework as any other test. 

The roundtable will be live-streamed so even if you are not able to attend the event you can still be involved from anywhere in the world. Register for the roundtable here:

Register for the roundtable webinar

Submit a poster 

As part of International Pathology Day 2019, Sonic Healthcare UK is sponsoring a poster competition to showcase the fabulous work done in pathology laboratories throughout the world. The theme is Bench to Bench: from basic science to clinical care and the posters will be displayed and judged at the College on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Each delegate to the International Pathology Day and Sonic Healthcare UK Research Symposium is encouraged to submit a pathology-themed poster to present at the event. Digital posters can be submitted by people unable to attend in person

Dr Rachael Liebmann, one of the judges, said:

‘We expect our poster display to be highly popular. It’s an ideal opportunity for participants to learn from each other and share their work and achievements. I’m very much looking forward to reviewing the posters with my fellow judges and speaking to the authors about their projects.

‘We hope to see the results of some pathology-based translational research or a pathology-related audit or other quality improvement project that participants have been involved in, or an interesting case report.’

The winning poster will receive an Ipad Air, courtesy of our sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK and the author will have the opportunity to write about their work in an article for the College membership magazine, the Bulletin.

Read our top tips for creating a conference poster.

Poster competition terms and conditions

  1. One entry per person.
  2. The poster should be 20 x 30 inches (approximately 50 – 70cm). If you have a poster printed that you have presented elsewhere that you would like to submit, please contact We will see if it can be accommodated on the day.
  3. Entries submitted by those attending the event must be brought on the day and handed to staff at the registration desk on arrival.
  4. If you are not attending International Pathology Day in person, you can submit a poster to be displayed digitally. Please send your poster to Your poster must be submitted in PowerPoint format as a single slide.
  5. All poster abstracts must be submitted by midnight on Friday 1 November (UK time) to
  6. If your poster abstract is shortlisted, any digital entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Thursday 7 November (UK time) to

Please send any queries to

Get involved

Interested in partnering the College and supporting International Pathology Day in 2019? There are several ways in which organisations and individuals can get involved or take action.

1. Support International #PathologyDay: Social media, stories & photos

Tell us why global pathology matters. International Pathology Day is about championing and celebrating the work of pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals all around the world. Connect with us on social media and tell us why you are supporting International Pathology Day! Post, tweet or publish your views and stories on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PathologyDay

Why not take a photo of yourself or your team holding one of our International #PathologyDay Posters and publish it on social media? Check out some of last year's best posts in our International Pathology Day highlights blog post

2. Organise your own event or activity

Interested in organising your own International Pathology Day event, but do not know where to begin? Running your own event is easy and it can be as small or as big as you want! If you are looking for inspiration, here are some examples of previous Internation Pathology Day activities that have taken place around the world: 

  • Germany: The Institute of Pathology in Berlin held an open day, which included guided tours of the department and presentations on the role of pathology in clinical medicine.
  • India: The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in Hyderabad organised a seminar on the growing importance of pathology in the era of personalised medicine. 
  • Hong Kong: The Hong Kong College of Pathologists (HKCP) organised a week-long exhibition entitled "The science behind medicine". 
  • USA: The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) promoted the day via its social media channels.
  • Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Association of Pathologists organised a scientific conference on molecuar pathology at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.

Event Planning Guides

Our event planning guides contain a wealth of tips and templates that can be easily customised to suit your needs.  The guides cover topics such as promoting your event, engaging and recognising volunteers, dealing with the media and how to evaluate your activity or obtain feedback after your event has taken place.

3. Promote your activity on our events calendar

Pathology is global and we want to showcase International Pathology Day events that are taking place all over the world!  Get your IPD event listed in our public events calendar by completing our public events form