What is HistoQIP?
HistoQIP is a quality assurance program for histopathology, jointly sponsored by the National Society for Histotechnology and the College of American Pathologists.
The primary emphasis of the program is to improve the quality of histologic preparations routinely performed in the histology laboratory through education. For each set of slides submitted, participants will receive an evaluation specific to their laboratory, an educational critique, and a participant summary report that includes peer comparison data, performance benchmarking data, and information regarding best-performing procedures and techniques.
Twice each year, participating laboratories submit one stained and coverslipped glass slide from five different cases (two H&E-stained slides, two special stains, and one immunohistochemistry stain). All submitted slides will be recuts of specific surgical tissue types or positive control tissue that will vary from one challenge to the next. Submitted slides will be evaluated for histologic technique by an expert panel of histotechnologists, histotechnicians, and pathologists using uniform grading criteria. Areas of evaluation:
- tissue processing and embedding,
- and coverslipping.