ECC 2021

Due to the worldwide spread of Coronavirus and the resulting measures that have been implemented in most European Countries, we decided to postpone the 43rd European Congress of Cytology, which was scheduled in Wroclav from 4 to 7 October 2020.

New date: from 3 to 6 October 2021
Venue: Wroclaw

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12th Annual EFCS Tutorial

New date: from 7 to 11 June 2021
Venue: Trieste


The 12th Residential Tutorial of the European Federation of Cytology Societies, consisting of lectures and microscope slide-based workshops in gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytopathology, will take place at the University Hospital of Trieste, Strada di Fiume 447, 34149 Trieste – Italy

A formidable opportunity for Cytologists: 4 days and half of full immersion in Clinical Cytology: high quality lectures, cases studies, practical sessions with individual microscopes.
It is possible to exploit a concomitant QUATE exam.
Local Host: Fabrizio Zanconati
EFCS Tutorial Chair: Luigi Di Bonito
The registration fee is 600 € and it includes attendance at the tutorial, documentation, lunches & refreshment breaks and social events as per programme

Registration Form


We recommend the Hotel Roma 3*** Hotel

single standard room breakfast included (city tax € 2,00 per night – excluded)75,00 Euros
double standard room breakfast included (city tax € 2,00 per night – excluded)85,00 Euros

Hotel Roma is a comfortable 3 stars hotel in the heart of Trieste’s old town. It is at easy reach both if you arrive by train, as it is located at just 3 minutes walking distance from the station, and if you arrive by car, thanks to many paying car parks located close to it. Hotel Roma is the ideal solution for your stay in Trieste. Hotel Roma is recently renovated and conveniently located in a lively but quiet area, allowing a peaceful rest. Wi-Fi connection is free and available in the whole hotel.

The bus stop for the Tutorial Venue is in front of the hotel (18 minutes journey)

For reservation please contact:
Hotel Roma
Via Ghega, 7 – 34132 Trieste – Italy
tel +39 040 370040/371607 – fax +39 040 3483574

Alternatively you can book at the Hotel Milano 3***

single standard room breakfast included (city tax € 2,00 per night – excluded)70,00 Euros
double standard room breakfast included (city tax € 2,00 per night – excluded)80,00 Euros

Hotel Milano is located in the city centre, a 5-minute walk from Trieste Train Station and bus stop to the Airport.
Parking 150 mt from hotel (€ 12,00per night)
It is 200 mts from Hotel Roma where you will find the bus stop for the Tutorial Venue

For reservation please contact:

Hotel Milano
Via Ghega, 17 – 34132 Trieste – Italy
tel +39 040 369680 – fax +39 040 369727

QUATE Cervical cytology examination – 12th EFCS Tutorial Friday June 12th 2020.

A QUATE examination will be held during the 12th EFCS Cytology Tutorial in Trieste. The examination will be held on Friday 12th June 2020 starting at 13.30 hours. The QUATE exam will not finish until after 19.00 so results will be sent to candidates once marked.
Candidates who wish to sit the exam MUST register using the QUATE application form ( The application form MUST be sent to Dr Paul Cross ( and Mr Allan Wilson (
The fee for the QUATE examination is separate to that of the Tutorial and MUST be paid before the exam. Details are given on the QUATE application form.
The fee for the Cytology Tutorial does NOT include the fee for the QUATE examination.
More general information on the exam can be found on the EFCS website (
An outline of the actual examination and some recommended educational material can be found at (

NO registration or payment can be taken on the day of the exam.
All candidates MUST register for the exam before the deadline of Friday 23rd May 2020.
All candidates MUST complete and send the QUATE examination form as requested.

Proof of payment and photo identification will be required on the day of the examination.
Proof of registration for the Tutorial will also be required for those who are paying at the lower QUATE examination rate.

National societies are encouraged to support QUATE examinations and if you have any questions about the exam please contact either the QUATE examiners Mr Allan Wilson ( or Dr Paul Cross (

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Report of 11th Annual EFCS Tutorial



11th Annual EFCS Tutorial
Bruxelles 3-7 September 2018

Chair: Prof. Luigi Di Bonito
Local hosts: Prof. Birgit Weynand

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Another very successful and well received tutorial.
Also this year, the EFCS organized a tutorial of cytopathology, which took place in Bruxelles, at Université catholique. Forty-two participants (cytotechnologists, residents and pathologists) coming from 15 different countries (Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Croatia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, United Kingdom) took part in the courses, joining the friendly and informal atmosphere that characterizes the tutorials of the EFCS nowadays. I believe this is well synthetized by an email I received from a Croatian pathologist: “it was an amazing experience in professional and every other sense! Very useful and comprehensive, with excellent teachers, and I am so glad that I have been there and met such nice people”.

This excellent result was reached thanks to the competence and commitment of all tutors, to whom our thanks go. They came from Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Twenty-eight percent of the participants had attended a previous tutorial and were so satisfied that they decided to come again (one participant coming from Romania told me that she attended the tutorials for seven times!). Approximately half of the attendants knew about this tutorial thanks to the EFCS website and others had this information through personal recommendation, but only three people declared that they knew from their National Cytology Societies. I think that in the future National Societies should try to make an effort in publicizing cultural and formative activities of the EFCS among their members.
The tutorial followed the established programme, with microscope slide-based workshops and lectures. The non-gynaecological cytology took part in the first 3 days, covering technical aspects, urine, breast, liver and biliary tract, lymph nodes, salivary glands, respiratory tract, thyroid and serous effusions. Gynaecological cytology was presented in the last 1.5 days, with slides of both conventional and liquid based cytology in all the presented topics. As usual, the Eurocytology teaching website was also presented. As previously requested by the participants, slide seminars showing few interesting and peculiar cases followed the workshops. These were much appreciated, as well as the practical part, testifying that our attendants like slides and look-alikes rather than theory.

As in the previous editions, on the first evening, there was a welcome cocktail offered by the EFCS to all attendants and tutors. On Wednesday evening, they enjoyed a short visit to the centre of Bruxelles, followed by a dinner in a very characteristic restaurant, thanks to the nice organization by the Belgian Society of Cytology and personally to Birgit Weynand.
All candidates submitted evaluation sheets on receiving their certificates of attendance. Lectures, workshops and slide seminars, as well as the whole organization of the event, could be scored as excellent (1), average (2), weak (3) or inadequate (4).
All average scores were between 1.0 and 1.6 indicating a highly successful and well-received tutorial. Six between lectures, workshops and slide seminars had more than 90% of ‘excellent’ scores. The percentage of ‘excellent’ scores for gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology were 78% and 85% respectively.
These evaluations are exceptionally good and reflect the excellent scientific content and high quality of the EFCS tutorials. Most importantly, as many as 97% of the attendants wrote that they would recommend the tutorial to their colleagues. This will give us the motivation to go on.

Luigi Di Bonito
Eminent Scientist of Pathology and Cytopathology in the University of Trieste

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