28 February2023

National Pathology Accreditation Scheme

New edition release:
Requirements for medical testing for human genetic variation (Third Edition)

The Commission, in consultation with the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC), has released the third edition ofRequirements for medical testing for human genetic variation(the genetic variation standard).

What does this mean for Australian pathology laboratories?
The genetic variation standard sets out the expected level of practice required by laboratories for heritable and non-heritable human genetic variation medical testing. The third edition of the genetic variation standard is a consolidation of Requirements for medical testing of human nucleic acids (second edition) and Requirements for cytogenetic testing (third edition).

If your laboratory provides human genetic variation medical testing, then you will be required to comply with the third edition of the genetic variation standard.

When does the new genetic variation standard come into effect?
The third edition will come into effect following an update to Schedule 1 of the Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories—Approval) Principles 2017. Stakeholders will be notified when this occurs.

Will there be a hard copy of this standard available?
The Commission will not be printing and distributing hard copies of this document.

This document is uploaded onto the Commission’s website in PDF format which can be downloaded and printed. Noting, printed versions are uncontrolled and may not be current.

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