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Cytojournal. 2006 Apr 18;3:11.

Scientific issues related to the cytology proficiency testing regulations.

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Grady Health System, 80 Jessie Hill Junior Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.


The member organizations of the Cytology Education and Technology Consortium believe there are significant flaws in current cytology proficiency testing regulations. The most immediate needed modifications include lengthening the required testing interval, utilizing stringently validated and continuously monitored slides, changing the grading scheme, and changing the focus of the test from the individual to laboratory level testing. Integration of new computer-assisted and located-guided screening technologies into the testing protocols is necessary for the testing protocol to be compliant with the law.

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