Links & Resources

Government and Regulatory Agencies

Center for Disease Control & Prevention- Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
National Cancer Institute
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

International Cytology & Pathology Organizations

European Federation of Cytology Societies
ASCP BOC International Technologists


International Cytotechnologist’s Requirements for US Employment

As stipulated by law in CLIA’88 (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988), to meet the qualifications of a cytotechnologist one must have graduated from a school of cytotechnology accredited by CAHEA whose role is now being fulfilled by CAAHEP ( Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs). There are other pathways for cytotechnologists who are already employed within the United States to meet CLIA qualifications.

A listing of the CAAHEP accredited programs which are all located in the US and Puerto Rico is available on the ASCT website under the Student Forumand on the CAAHEP website.


ASCP Board of Certification: International Cytotechnologist

The ASCP now offers certification in Gyn cytology for international candidates. While obtaining the International Technologist in Gynecologic Cytology, CTgyn(ASCPi) certification demonstrates your commitment to the high standards that ASCP certification reflects; it is not a substitute for the US employment requirements as stated above.

Other Educational Resources & Interesting Practical Links

The Internet Pathology for Medical Education

National Cytology & Cytopathology Organizations

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
American Society of Cytopathology
Association for Molecular Pathology
Australian Society of Cytology, Inc.
College of American Pathologists
Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
International Academy of Cytology (IAC)
National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP)


Acta Cytologica

ADVANCE Newsmagazine
Analytical and Quantitative Cytology & Histology
Archives of Histology and Cytology
Cancer Cytopathology
Diagnostic Cytopathology
US National Library of Medicine (MEDLINE)


Online Atlases, Images & Tutorials

Cytology Stuff
Bethesda System Website Atlas
ASC Core Curriculum in Molecular Biology
MediLexicon (ICD9/ICD10 and Medical Abbreviation Search Tool)
CD Markers
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Atlas of Cytopathologyand Histopathology of the Uterine Cervix


Papanicolaou Society

vMIC Pathology
Immunohistochemistry Resource
British Columbia Cancer Agency


Guidelines & Recommendations

ASC’s Workload Recommendations for Automated Pap Test Screening
ASCT has approved the ASC recommendations, October 2011
ASCCP Screening Guidelines<
Guidelines for Review of GYN Samples in the Context of Litigation or Potential Litigation
ASCT has adopted ASC Guidelines on Litigation, 1999
ASCT- Guidelines for Ethical Practice