International Pathology Day

Celebrating pathology & laboratory medicine around the world.

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.  

Pathology is critical for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many of the leading causes of disease, providing over 70% of all the diagnoses which doctors use as the basis of their clinical decisions, whilst making up only 2% of global spending on healthcare. Without pathology, there is no medicine!

International Pathology Day (IPD) will be held on Wednesday 15th November 2017

Join our global conversation on pathology & cancer diagnosis

For IPD this year, the College will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the critical role of pathology and laboratory medicine services in meeting the commitments of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Cancer Resolution, which was unanimously adopted at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2017. 

Organised in partnership with The Pathologist magazine and chaired by College President Dr Suzy Lishman, this important roundtable will bring together an internationally-renowned panel of speakers to discuss, explore and debate ways to ensure that national cancer control plans adequately address the provision of effective, affordable and sustainable pathology services as part of the global effort to strengthen and improve cancer control activities. 

We will be filming and streaming this event live, and you can participate in this important global conversation by registering online.

A limited number of places in the live audience are also available in the roundtable studio.  To book a place, please email us at

The roundtable will also be accredited by the College for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/ Continuing Medical Education (CME).  

In 2012, cancer was the second leading cause of mortality in the world with 8.2 million cancer-related deaths.  The annual number of new cancer cases is projected to increase to 21.6 million by 2030 and has led to cancer becoming a major public concern.  

Get involved

Interested in partnering the College and supporting IPD?  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? 

2. Organise your own event or activity

Interested in organising your own IPD 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 IPD 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 IPD events that are taking place all over the world!  Get your IPD event listed in our Online Events Calendar by completing our Public Events Form

4. Participate in our roundtable webinar on pathology & cancer diagnosis

Our IPD Roundtable webinar will be filmed in London and broadcast live over the Internet, so that everyone can attend and participate. Register online to join our global conversation about pathology and cancer control or email us at to book your place in the live studio audience.