QUATE Aptitude Test 2012



The QUATE (Quality Assurance, Training and Examinations committee) Aptitude Test is an international examination for cytotechnologists who fulfil the criteria for accreditation in their own countries. It is designed to provide an objective assessment of a cytotechnologist’s competence to screen conventional cervical smears or liquid based cytology samples and is available in traditional Papanicoloau, Surepath or Thinprep technologies.

It is held at least once a year, generally on the day of the opening of the European Congress of Cytology, but can also be run in any host country providing sufficient notice is given to the organising committee. These additional examination sessions should ideally be organised by the relevant national cytology society or through an EFCS Council or QUATE Committee member, but approaches from other cytology training centres will be considered. The examination is intended primarily for EFCS member countries but it may be possible to offer the examination in non-European countries by prior agreement of the EFCS/QUATE committee.

As the QUATE Committee is currently in abeyance the Examination Committee will report directly to the EFCS Council from 2012 onwards. Terminology used is according the “European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Cervical Cancer Screening“.

The examination is held in English or translated into the language of the host country National societies are encouraged to support QUATE examinations and if you have any questions about the exam or are interested in hosting one in your own country please contact either Dr Peter Smith, Chief Examiner, email: pas1951@ntlworld.com or Nick Dudding, Examination administrator, email: Nick Dudding: Nick.dudding@sth.nhs.uk

Normally at least six months’ advanced notice is required to hold a session of the examination Further information for potential hosts is available here.

Application for the QUATE Exam: Applications for the QUATE Exam must be made to, and approved by, the local organiser.

There are no agreed standard criteria for entry, but applicants should be aware that some European countries have rigorous entry criteria for their own “registry” examinations.
For example, entry to the UK Certificate in Cervical Cytology Examination, on which the Aptitude Test is based, requires candidates to have seen 5000 LBC cervical samples and completed 2 years training in cervical cytology. This information is included to give an indication of the standard expected by the examiners.

Exam Information here

Entry fee: The entry fee will be collected by the local organiser of each examination from whom the fee and collection details are available (NOT the Chief Examiner or Examination administrator)

To view or print the Form for Application and Instruction click here.

The Exam administrator is Mr. Nick Dudding; 
0044 113 246 6330  


Town Country Date Organiser
Trieste Italy Thursday 28th June 2012 Prof. Roberto Navone
ThinPrep and SurePath liquid based candidates only
Wiener Neustadt Austria Saturday 7th July 2012
provisional, awaiting confirmation
Prof. Helene Wiener
Dubrovnik-Cavtat Croatia Sunday 30th September 2012
Torino Italy November 2012
provisional, awaiting confirmation
Prof. Roberto Navone