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 and a participant summary report that includes peer comparison data, performance benchmarking data, and information regarding best-performing procedures and techniques.
Semiannually, participating laboratories submit stained slides from different cases that may require H&E, special stain, and immunohistochemistry slides. These will include recuts of specific surgical tissue types 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 include:
- Tissue processing and embedding,
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