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, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9QQ Telephone: 01622 225738 Email: 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

Round k is due to commence on Wednesday 1 May 2019.

Circulation Lists:

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9

Digital Images:

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Response form round k

Deadline date: Wednesday 26 June 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 –


AGM The next AGM will be held as a telephone conference call on Wednesday 12th June 2019 between 2pm and 3pm.   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