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Edited By: Dr Mina Desai

Impact Factor: 1.47

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 58/76 (Pathology); 162/185 (Cell Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2303

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April Editor's Choice

Two articles are selected as Editor’s Choice from the April issue, and are free to access for three months. The first article is a comprehensive review by Cross et al. describing a technical External Quality Assurance (EQA) scheme in non-gynaecological cytology in the UK, developed by the British Association for Cytopathology (BAC) and the United Kingdom National External Quality Assurance Schemes for Cellular Pathology Techniques (UK NEQAS CPT). There are159 laboratories participating in this scheme from the UK, Europe and further afield. This review describes the development of the scheme, explains how slides are evaluated and highlights its aim, namely to raise the technical quality of diagnostic cytology samples by peer comparison, feedback and sharing of good practice.

Development of a technical external quality assurance scheme in non-gynaecological cytology in UK

The second article is from our new “Clinical Perspective” section where clinicians are invited to provide a review of the impact of new cytology guidelines on their practice. In this issue, Dr. Julia Palmer, a consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Lead Colposcopist from one of the HPV primary screening pilot sites in the UK gives an insight into the impact on her workload of HPV triage and test of cure and, more recently, the trial of HPV primary screening. She highlights the need to produce updated national guidelines for colposcopists.

The impact of HPV triage and test of cure and primary HPV screening on a colposcopy service in England

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This is the first issue published by the new editorial team under the leadership of Mina Desai as Editor. Read her first Editorial here.

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