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The next QUATE Aptitude Test in cervical cytology will be held on 5th October, 2016 in Liverpool, UK as part of the European Congress of Cytology (ECC).
The QUATE (Quality Assurance, Training and Examinations committee) Aptitude Test is an international examination for cytotechnologists who fulfill the criteria for accreditation in their own countries. It is designed to provide an objective assessment of a cytotechnologist’s competence to screen cervical samples and it takes place under the auspices of the European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS).
The exam can be taken in English, although additional languages may be offered if sufficient numbers of delegates require translation. The candidates can choose whether to use conventional slides or liquid phase preparations (ThinPrep or SurePath).
The entry fee is 80 € if the applicant is already registered for the European Congress of Cytology, which begins on 2nd October, or € 150 if attending for the examination only.
A certificate of competence by the European Federation of Cytology will be issued on the same day to the Candidates who pass the exam.
The rules for participation and evaluation are available here.
A link to the Liverpool conference is: http://cytology2016.com/
Lead Biomedical Scientist in Cellular Pathology and Advanced Practitioner in Cervical Cytology
tel: 01236 712087
fax: 01236 713050
Mobile: 0777 319 1929
Active Members must be appointed by a National Cytological Organization (Statute, Article 6); the number of Active Members il limited to two each country.
Every organisation is to pay an annual membership fee to the Federation Treasurer.
The Officers of the Federated Societies are strongly encouraged to check EFCS Database on line, in this website and send proposals for updating to
Excellent news: Cytopathology’s impact factor has increased to 1.761 from 1.481 in 2014, and it has moved up 11 places in the journal rankings in the Pathology category of the 2015 Journal Citation Reports. We would like to congratulate the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Minaxi Desai, and her editorial team, as well as all the authors and reviewers that have contributed to this success.
Hosted by the British Association for Cytopathology the 40th ECC meeting will cover all aspects of cervical and diagnostic cytology in the UK, Europe and around the world. The meeting will have a mix of parallel sessions with hands on cytology workshops, and will allow all cytologists to share their knowledge and expertise. With a meeting theme of “extending knowledge, expanding roles” it will be of relevance to all those working in cytology, as well as clinicians and patients who rely on a cytology service.
It will include an active commercial presence and both poster and oral presentations, as well as a Congress dinner.
The venue is a modern, purpose built conference center situated on the water front of the iconic River Mersey. A short walking distance from the main city center, the venue is well served by many hotels in the immediate area, most again within easy walking distance of the conference building.
A conference dinner will be held, also on the riverfront, during the meeting, with Beatles themed musical entertainment! Visit the dedicated meeting website for more information and details on registration.
Liverpool is largely known worldwide as the birthplace of the Beatles and for its two Premiership football teams, Liverpool and Everton, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and was European City of Culture (2008). The Beatles influence can be seen in many venues and tours, including a Beatles Story exhibition, which many delegates will no doubt take the opportunity to experience if they can during their stay in Liverpool. The city center provides first class shopping opportunities, and with easy access to other parts of the UK such as the Lake District and Wales, we are sure delegates will want to come early or stay on after the meeting to explore these even more.
Report from 9th Annual EFCS Tutorial
Chair: Prof. Luigi Di Bonito
Also this year, the EFCS organized a tutorial in cytopathology, which took place in Legoland Hotel, where most of the participants were staying. It was attended by 55 people from 17 different countries: Austria (1), Belgium (1), Canada (1), Croatia (1), Denmark (21), Israel (1), Italy (6), Netherland (2), Norway (5), Romania (1), Russian Federation (1), Slovenia (1), Sweden (3), Switzerland (5), Ukraine (1), United Kingdom (3), Unites States (1). Five of the Danish attendants shared their registration with other five colleagues, attending only the gynaecological or the non-gynaecological part of the tutorial, for a total of 50 participants each day, as stated in the general rules for the organization. For this reason, we could not accept other requests of participation. Speakers were from Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Of the 55 delegates, 60% were non-medical (cytotechnologists and biologists), 40% medical (pathologists, residents).
Italy hosted the 39th European Congress of Cytology in 2015 under the sponsorship of the European Federation of Cytology Societies.
SIAPEC-IAP (Italian Society of Pathology and Cytodiagnostics – Italian Division of International Academy of Pathology) organized the event, which took place from the 20th to the 23rd of September in Milan, simultaneously with the Universal Exposition.
After the success obtained in Venice in 2006, it was a great honour to me to receive for the second time the Congress Presidency. The organisation of such a big event is like climbing a high mountain. It can be very hard and toilsome, but once you have reached the top, the reward that comes is well worth of it.
We had 880 attendants in the Congress, 496 regular participants, 208 faculty members and 176 expositors, coming from 63 countries, including 34 non-European countries.
A collection of documents on the history, mission and future of cytopathology is harvested here: testimonies of those who lived the experiences of cytology as a pioneer in Europe and worldwide. We would like contributions , supports, criticisms and suggestions to make this session more interesting and participated. If you have material for publication here, please contact .
The Pathologist's role explained to the people: the invisible roots that support and strengthen clinical medicine. A movie prepared by the Italian Society of Pathology SIAPEC (text in English or in Portuguese languages, voices in Italian language).
A bunch of interesting, entertaining and informative events on the history of Cyto-Pathology by Dr Nadir Paksoy, actually presented in the Plenary section under the title of "Residents puzzles", at the 36th European Congress of Cytology held in Istanbul on 21-25 September 2011
A partial copy (what has been possible to recover) of the first version of the EFCS WebSite, managed by Alain Verhest
A 37-years tale! Lecture by O.A.H. Husain at the
EFCS from 1969 to 1989
The pioneers: an editorial in Acta Cytologica (1996)
Cytotechnologists 40 years after. A survey in Europe by Veronica Anic on education and training for Cytotechs.
M. Branca and A.L. Filho
This book describes the screening programs for CC prevention, whether organized, opportunistic or spontaneous and also their merits and weaknesses. Monitoring of the pathways and procedures of CC screening are mandatory in order to minimise the risks (wrong diagnosis, over-diagnosis, over-treatment) and maximize the benefits. In an optimal setting, the women should be the focus of the screening intervention and receive basic information on the crucial points of CC screening, so as to improve women’s collaboration and compliance. The availability of alternative new screening tools to detect pre-cancer lesions provide new opportunities for CC prevention, as do HPV vaccines implemented in early life before viral exposure.
After the first insertion of the "Call for Cytologists"in the EFCS WebSite,
an interesting experience started and we publish now the first report on it.
(Note by WebMaster)
The Association of Italian Pathologists “Pathologists beyond the Borders” NGO (Patologi oltre Frontiera – http://www.patologioltrefrontiera.it) is carrying on a project for the creation of a screening program for the most frequent female cancers in Nigeria.
The project concerns the implementation of a screening program for cervical cancer (by Pap smear) and breast cancer in IMO State, one of 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in a territory with a population of about 4.5 million inhabitants, with center in the capital, Owerri.
Gabrijela Kocjan, MD, MB BS
Winifred Gray, MB BS, FRCPath
Tanya Levine, MA(Oxon), MBBS, RCDipPath(Cyto), FRCPath
Ika Kardum-Skelin, MD, PhD
Philippe Vielh, MD, PhD
Here's a succinct yet comprehensive guide to diagnosis in both gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology. Diagnostic Cytopathology Essentials provides quick answers to diagnostic problems in the cytological recognition and interpretation of a wide range of disease entities. It delivers the dependable guidance you need - in a user-friendly format that makes essential facts about any given condition easy to find and apply.