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The UKNEQAS for Cellular Pathology Technique (CPT) Scheme was formed in 1991 following the merger of a group of regional schemes and is now the result of many years of development and evolution in the field of Cellular Pathology External Quality Assessment (EQA).   UKNEQAS for CPT is an established international scheme with a first-class reputation and participant base that provides external quality assurance to both public and private institutions within the UK and overseas. 

The Scheme is committed to providing a service of the highest quality and endeavours to take into consideration the needs of its participants in all aspects of the scheme. We offer participants a full quality assurance programme, approved by UKNEQAS and subject to strict oversight.

Currently UKNEQAS for CPT offers 6 assessment cycles per year in the following modules;

  • General Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Renal Biopsy 
  • Muscle Histochemistry
  • Non Gynae Diagnostic Cytology
  • Veterinary Pathology


To subscribe to any of the above modules UK NEQAS for CPT are currently taking 2015 - 16 subscriptions.

To subscribe please click on the REGISTER button on the left of the screen.

If you already already participate in UK NEQAS for CPT, you can complete the on line re-subscription form for 2015 - 16 by logging in to the members area and following the prompts

For further queries please contact and title your email UK NEQAS for CPT Annual Subscription

For invoicing or PO queries please contact 


Details of each module can be found in the Module Information section under Registration.

Participants are assessed for the quality of their staining preparations in both Haematoxylin and Eosin stained sections and special staining methods. Each test run (cycle) requires participants to submit two H&E examples from their own laboratory workload and two special stains on material provided by the Scheme.

All submitted slides are anonymised, so that assessments are carried out blind and all material is returned following assessment.  Complete participant confidentiality maintained throughout all of our processes. 

Results are available on line and our results package shows accumulated historical activity that highlights improvement or decreases in quality.

The Members Area of the website boasts colour images of stains and artefacts in the Image Gallery and details of high scoring methods within the Best Methods section.  Also readily available to members is the Document Library and Members Forum

We also publish a newsletter 3 times a year with up to date information on the scheme and best methods Newsletter Summer 2015

The current Participant Manual is available which gives full details of the Scheme Participant Manual 2015 - 16

Our latest report on the Scheme is also available to view or download  UKNEQAS CPT Summer Report 2015

UKNEQAS for CPT  is a member of the UKNEQAS organisation which provides EQA programmes throughout pathology (Quality Policy)