Joint Working Group for Quality Assurance in Pathology

The Joint Working Group for Quality Assurance in Pathology is a multidisciplinary group accountable to the College for the oversight of performance in external quality assurance (EQA) schemes and monitoring of the EQA performance of clinical laboratories in the UK. This is achieved via discipline specific panels which report to the Joint Working Group. In turn, the Joint Working Group will work with failing laboratories but is also bound to report persistent poor performance to the Care Quality Commission.

Chair: Dr David James

Committee Members

Cellular Pathology National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel

The Cellular Pathology National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel (NQAAP) oversees the running of External Quality Assurance Schemes in Histopathology and Cytopathology. Find out more about the commitee and read the latest minutes on the committee page. 

Chemical Pathology National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel

The NQAAP for Chemical Pathology has delegated responsibility from the Joint Working Group on Quality Assurance (JWGQA) for supporting patient safety by promoting, coordinating and protecting high professional standards in technical EQA and encouraging development of appropriate technical EQA schemes. 

NQAAP Minutes and Documents

The Cellular Pathology National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel (NQAAP) and the Chemical Pathology NQAAP are the only NQAAPs facilitated by the College, however the College does host the NQAAPs from other specialties. As such, you can find all of the minutes, terms of reference and annual reports in our document library.