Archived and withdrawn documents

Some major College guidance and best-practice documents have been withdrawn from general circulation, as we cannot guarantee they are up to date. The titles are listed below. 

To request a copy of any document, please email the Publishing Department on publications@rcpath.org or call 020 7451 6730, with the full title of the document you require. 

Cross-specialty documents

  • Out-of-hours reporting of laboratory results requiring urgent clinical action to primary care: Advice to pathologists and those working in laboratory medicine (under review, 2015), Nov 2010
  • Advice for pathologists and anatomical pathology technologists for autopsy of cadavers with known or suspected new/virulent strains of influenza A, Oct 2009
  • The retention and storage of pathological records and specimens, 4th edition Aug 2009 and 3rd edition Oct 2006 (the current 5th edition is available online)
  • Guidelines for handling medicolegal specimens and preserving the chain of evidence, Jul 2008 (in preparation, 2016)
  • Questions and answers: The Human Tissue Act 2004, Oct 2006
  • Guidelines on the release of specimens and data to the police and other law enforcement agencies, Oct 2006 (under review, 2015)
  • Concerns about performance in pathology: Guidance for healthcare organisations and pathologists, Feb 2006
  • Codes of practice for pathology services and departments, May 2005
  • Guidelines for the appointment of career grade locum pathologists, Mar 2005
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: A multi-agency protocol for care and investigation, Sep 2004 (in preparation, 2015-16)
  • The healthcare agenda and pathology services in England, Aug 2004
  • The future role of medical graduates and consultants in pathology services, Apr 2004
  • Good Medical Practice in Pathology, 2002 
  • College advice relating to the ownership, storage and release of pathology results, Jan 2000
  • Transitional guidelines to facilitate changes in procedures for handling ‘surplus’ and archival material from human biological samples, 2001. See Human Tissue Authority website
  • Draft guidelines for the involvement of biomedical scientists in the dissection of specimens and selection of tissues, 2001. Superseded by 'Joint RCPath/IBMS Working Group on the implementation of the extended role of biomedical scientists in specimen description, dissection and sampling – Final report', 2004
  • Pathology: The hidden science that saves lives, 2000
  • Medical and Scientific Staffing of National Health Service Pathology Departments, Jun 1999 (The Histo/Cytopathology chapters of this document are superseded by the June 2005 publication)

Clinical biochemistry

All documents are up to date.

Cytopathology    

  • Guidance on the reporting of thyroid cytology specimens, Nov 2011 (under review, 2015)
  • Quality assurance in histopathology and cytopathology reporting practice, Feb 2009

Ethics    

  • A brief guide on consent for pathologists, Mar 2009
  • Guidance on consent for the processing and analysis of clinical samples following an initial consultation, Mar 2009
  • Clinical governance of NHS staff in single-handed practice with particular reference to point-of-care testing, Mar 2007
  • Use of specimens from healthy volunteers, Aug 2005
  • Ethical issues in organ and tissue transplantation to humans, Aug 2005

Forensic pathology

  • Guidance for retention of brain and spinal cord following post-mortem examination and where criminal proceedings are in prospect, Apr 2010
  • Deaths in Major Disasters: The Pathologists' Role, 2nd edition, 2000 (under review, late 2015)

Genetics    

  • Code of practice for genetics laboratories, Aug 2006
  • Revised advice on laboratory containment measures for work with tissue samples in clinical cytogenetics laboratories, Jul 2001

Haematology 

  • Haematology consultant workforce: The next 10 years, Jan 2008
  • Code of practice for pathology services and departments, May 2005

Histocompatibility and immunogenetics 

  • Code of practice for pathology services and departments, May 2005

Histopathology/cellular pathology 

  • Guidelines on autopsy practice - including best practice scenarios, May 2010 (a major programme started in 2014 to review all these guidelines)
  • Code of practice for histopathologists and histopathology services, Jan 2010
  • Quality assurance in histopathology and cytopathology reporting practice, Feb 2009
  • Review of the categorisation of discrepancies in histopathology, Nov 2008
  • Best practice in lymphoma diagnosis and reporting, a joint RCPath/BCSH document, Jan 2008
  • The recognition and roles of specialist cellular pathologists, Jun 2006
  • Datasets, TNM and dysplasia: news and views from the Working Group on Cancer Services, Jan 2006
  • Histopathology of limited or no clinical value, 2nd edition, Dec 2005
  • Pathology reporting of breast disease, Jan 2005 (amended Oct 2005)
  • Joint RCPath/IBMS Working Group on the implementation of the extended role of biomedical scientists in specimen description, dissection and sampling, Jan 2004
  • Code of practice for pathologists participating in remote reporting of histopathology or cytopathology, Aug 2003
  • Guidelines on good practice for histopathology on-call rotas, including frozen sections, Aug 2003
  • Guidelines for the retention of tissues and organs at post-mortem examination. See Human Tissue Authority website, hta.gov.uk 2000 
  • Recommendations for the Development of Histopathology/ Cytopathology EQA Schemes 1998
  • Relatives' Leaflet: Examination of the Body After Death - Information about Post-Mortem Examination for Relatives, 2000. See Human Tissue Authority website and Department of Health guidance: 'Families and Post Mortems: A code of practice, forms and information leaflets' (2003) (under review 2015)
  • Limitations of Expert Evidence, Mar 1996 

Immunology and allergy

  • Allergy Services: Still not meeting the unmet need: Report, Jun 2010

Medical microbiology

  • Intercollegiate Report on Reducing Transmission of HIV from Mother to Child in the UK, Jul 2006
  • National guidelines on a standardised proforma for 'chain of evidence' specimen collection and on retention and storage of specimens relating to the management of suspected sexually transmitted infections in children and young people for medicolegal purposes (under review, 2015), May 2005
  • Consultant workload and staffing in medical microbiology and virology, 2001
  • Getting ahead of the curve - a strategy for infectious diseases. Recommendations on configurations of clinical and public health microbiology and virology services for the diagnosis, prevention and management of infection, 1995

Molecular pathology   

  • The future provision of molecular diagnostic services for acquired disease in the UK, Oct 2010

Neuropathology 

  • Neuropathology autopsy practice: post mortem examination in patients with traumatic brain injury, Apr 2010
  • Guidance for retention of brain and spinal cord following post-mortem examination and where criminal proceedings are in prospect, Apr 2010

Paediatric pathology 

  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy: A multi-agency protocol for care and investigation, Sep 2004 (under review, 2015-16)
  • The Future of Paediatric Pathology Services, Mar 2002
  • Fetal and perinatal pathology, Jun 2001
  • Service Specification for Paediatric and Perinatal Histopathology, 1995