National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue

Pathology is a key part of most patient pathways and effective NHS pathology services are the foundation for high quality diagnosis, treatment and care. GPs and hospital doctors rely on accurate and reliable information from pathologists to help them make the right treatment decisions that will deliver the best outcomes for their patients. Until now, there was no way of reporting pathology test results in a consistent, standardised way across the UK. 

The National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue (NLMC) aims to standardise the requesting, reporting and analysing of pathology tests.  It has been developed by qualified pathologists under the governance of the Royal College of Pathologists, NHS England and The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The NLMC has been designed to provide a standardised, national nomenclature that will replace the Pathology Bounded Code List (PBCL) covering the requesting and reporting of laboratory tests across all pathology disciplines.  In addition to providing standardised pathology terms, the NLMC is also intended to act as the professional reference for all pathology tests approved for use in the UK. 

The Royal College of Pathologists was involved in the role of developing the clinical content for the NLMC and providing governance through the Pathology Catalogues Governance Board (PCGB).