ukas 7808 10cmThe South East England General Histopathology EQA Scheme is a consensus based External Quality Assessment scheme approved by the Royal College of Pathologists based on the guidance “Principles and Guidance for Interpretive External Quality Assessment Schemes in Laboratory Medicine” RCPath 2017 (G153),  and accredited to ISO17043:2010.  The Scheme performs External Quality Assessment for Consultant Histopathologists in General Histopathological practice and also has an educational element. Three times each year, ten cases are circulated that are representative of a routine workload together with two slightly more difficult / unusual cases of educational value which are not scored.

Participation in the South East England General Histopathology EQA Scheme is open to any consultant pathologist or Associate Specialist within Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex or South London, but consideration will be given to applicants outside the area on a case by case basis, including overseas. Long-term locum pathologists are also able to participate, subject to the payment of the current subscription rate.

If you are interested in joining the scheme, which is hosted by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, please contact the EQA office on the email below.

Click here for the published scope of accreditation



EQA Scheme Management Office
Cellular Pathology,
Maidstone Hospital,
Hermitage Lane,
ME16 9QQ
Telephone: 01622 225738

Scheme Organiser: Professor John Schofield, MB BS FRCPath

Scheme Manager: Mrs Gill Donald

Scheme Administrator: Miss Amanda Cowie

Scheme Quality Manager: Mrs Helen Dasley

How does the scheme work?

There are three circulations each year beginning January, May and September. Laboratories are arranged into groups with an order of circulation within each group.
Ten cases are circulated representative of a typical diagnostic workload. These cases are contributed from participants working in CPA accredited laboratories. From time to time, cases representing a specific area of diagnosis or grading or measuring or  staging etc from an area of Histopathology routinely encountered in a General Histopathologist’s workload may be included. Two cases are also circulated that are more unusual and are for educational purposes only. These cases are clearly identified and are not used for personal analysis.

Current Round: Slide images, circulation lists and response forms

Earn 2 CPD points for answering the general cases
Earn 1 CPD point for answering both educational cases
Earn 1 CPD point for completion of the case consultation

The most recent round:

Round j 

Preliminary Case Consultation – Round j

Deadline Friday 29th March 2019

Previous Rounds - including links to digital slides


Earn more CPD points - Case Submission

Earn more CPD points by sending us a new case – 1 for each sent – 12 duplicate slides per case please.

Download the Case Submission Form and guidelines

Scheme Advisory Panel

The scheme advisory panel consists of representatives for each region. They meet to discuss scheme issues. Please contact them with any suggestions for improvement to the scheme or other issues.

Surrey  Dr L Fulford – East Surrey Hospital –

Sussex  Dr I Hawley – The Conquest Hospital –

Kent  Dr N Bagla – William Harvey Hospital –

London  Dr M Moonim – St Thomas’ Hospital –

Essex  Dr M Sundaresan – Southend University Hospital –



The next AGM will be held on Wednesday 21st November 2018 at Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough Common, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8ND.  

We look forward to seeing those who can attend.

2017 AGM minutes

2016 AGM minutes


We endevour to run this scheme to your complete satisfaction. If you have a concern, please contact the EQA scheme office in the first instance. If this does not resolve your issues and you wish to make a formal complaint, this will handled in compliance with the MTW Trust complaints policy and procedure. Click here for the Complaint Flowchart


Thank you to all those who have taken the time to respond to our surveys.

Participant survey – Case Submission – September 2018

Participant survey – Digital image survey – March 2018

Participant survey – General survey – November 2017

Participant survey – complaints and appeals – July 2017

Participant survey – new case submission – March 2017

Participant survey – website & digital slides –  November 2016

Participant survey – results suspected collusion –  July 2016

Participant survey – results on AGM attendance – March 2016

Participant Survey – results on use of digital slides – July 2015