International Pathology Day


The College launched International Pathology Day in 2014, together with pathology and laboratory medicine institutions worldwide. It has since become a valuable platform where the contribution and achievements of pathology and laboratory medicine services that work to address global health challenges and improve the health outcomes of global communities is recognised and celebrated.

Infection through the lens of COVID-19 with an international viewpoint: 11 November 2020

In the best interests of the international community we decided to bring everyone together for a virtual conference. Organised once again in collaboration with The Pathologist magazine and sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK.  We were also pleased to welcome the British Society for Haematology to our collaborations for the first time. 

As the world continues to reel from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, International Pathology Day explored infection.

Focusing on the methods and models that have been developed to manage infection around the world, the day also explored how the global pathology community has managed infectious outbreaks in the past and how it is dealing with the current outbreak of COVID-19.

Themes explored on the day included the social, economic, cultural, technical, and biological factors that impact on controlling the spread of an infection, the role of testing and the search to discover a vaccine and treatments.

The roundtable continued these themes and offered new perspectives and following its hugely successful debut in 2019 we were also excited that the the poster competition sponsored by Sonic Healthcare UK retuned.

Speakers included

  • Professor Jo Martin, the President of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Dr Mike Osborn, President-elect of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Evangelos Kotsopoulos, CEO Sonic Healthcare Germany and Continental Europe
  • Professor Ali Hajeer, Laboratory Director, King Abdulaziz Medical City
  • Professor Tahir Pillay, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Pathology and Head of Pathology, University of Pretoria
  • Dr Pikka Jokelainen, Statens Serum Institut and Dr Martha Betson University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine

Roundtable: Why International Knowledge Sharing is a Winner

The roundtable discussed the importance of international information exchange – especially in a pandemic – and how screening, diagnosis, treatment selection, and health monitoring differ between countries. Against the setting of COVID-19, it is more important than ever not to place boundaries on our ability to learn from one another.

Poster Competition 

We asked international and UK entrants to submit a poster that gets to the core of pathology or to tell us how pathology laboratories have been crucial to the world’s COVID-19 response. Posters were displayed digitally and judged by Professor Jo Martin, Dr Mike Osborn and Dr Shubha Allard.  

The author of the winning poster received a new Apple ipad and second and third prize winners were awarded Apple Airpods courtesy of our sponsor Sonic Healthcare UK

Getting involved from anywhere in the world

Interested in supporting International Pathology Day 2021? There are several ways in which organisations and individuals can do that:

1. Support International Pathology Day using 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. On the day 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 or Facebook.  You may also be inspired by reading our celebrating International Pathology Day 2020 blog.

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!  Any event organised should adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines of the country where it is being held. If you are looking for ideas, 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 molecular 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 next year's IPD event listed in our public events calendar by completing our public events form