This document is the Acceptance and Auditing Protocol for Pathology Laboratories. This protocol was drawn up within the framework of the bowel cancer screening programme that is being implemented in stages from January 2014

It provides an overview of the quality requirements set for organisations and professionals wishing to assess the pathology from colonoscopies performed after referral from the screening programme. It also describes the procedures for acceptance and auditing.

With this new screening programme we aim in the long term to prevent 2,400 deaths caused by bowel cancer. It is only possible to achieve the maximum health benefit if the implementation of the entire chain from the screening programme to the subsequent care is of high quality. Uniform national quality requirements for the pathology laboratories will contribute towards this goal.