The External Quality Assurance (EQA) Programme of the Indian Academy of Cytologists was started in the year 2000 with the aim of helping the participating laboratories to maintain and monitor the quality of reporting on cytopathology specimen in the best interest of patient care and management and also to encourage them to improve and excel in their reporting on cytology samples.

Institutional or individual laboratories, either government or private, either IAC accredited or accredited by any other agency such as NABL, offering cytology services may register for the IAC EQA programme. For IAC accredited laboratories it is mandatory to participate in the IAC EQA programme every year.

Enrolment of new laboratories as well as renewal of already registered labs is done every year only during the period 1st January to 28th February. Mid-cycle registration is not permitted. Every year, the registered laboratories shall be couriered one box containing slides of gynaec and non gynaec exfoliative cytology and fine needle aspiration cytology. Participating laboratories shall receive the EQA response evaluation and a certificate of participation from the EQA Chairperson at the end of the relevant year.

Laboratories desirous of joining this EQA programme may download the EQA registration form and follow the instructions therein. For a detailed view of the EQA programme you may read the relevant pages in IAC-SOP.

The Chairperson EQA programme may be contacted at for queries, information, comments and suggestions.