All About HistoQIP

What is HistoQIP?

HistoQIP FAQ's

1. Can our lab participate in more than one HistoQIP program? 
Yes, a laboratory can participate in as many programs as they want to sign up for. The new biopsy programs were developed in direct response to requests from specialized labs that wanted more quality improvement information for high volume biopsy tissues. 

2. Why are mislabelled or unlabelled slides not graded?
By not grading the slide the HistoQIP committee is indicating the serious nature of the error made when slides are submitted unlabelled or mislabelled. Quality assurance procedures should be in place in the laboratory to avoid this type of error from happening on patient and control slides.

 3. Why are slides not graded when the incorrect tissue is selected or the incorrect stain is applied? 
The ability to follow directions is critical in the laboratory. As part of a quality assurance program, the use of the incorrect tissue for a control or applying the wrong stain to a control or patient section should be caught and the error corrected before submission. HistoQIP does not have the ability to return the slides so to ensure the laboratory understands that a serious error has been made the slides are not graded.

4. Is there an additional fee for the continuing education credits from HistoQIP? 
No, one fee for the program covers the review slides, participant summary information and the final critiques; which includes the CE portion. All laboratory staff can participate in the online education. Just follow the instructions included in  the final critique to access the CAP website and create an individual access code for each staff member who wants to participate. 

5. Why are the slides not returned? 
The slides submitted are retained to keep the cost of the program low. For those participants who wish to review their results, we recommend creating a duplicate set of stained slides and keeping one set for that purpose. 

6. How do I order HistoQIP? 
Orders are placed through CAP, 800-323-4040, option 1. 

7. Did you know you can earn CE Credits online? 
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HistoQIP is a quality assurance program for histopathology, jointly sponsored by the National Society for Histotechnology and the College of American Pathologists. The primary emphasis of the program is to improve the quality of histologic preparations routinely performed in the histology laboratory through education.

For each set of slides submitted, participants will receive an evaluation specific to their laboratory, an educational critique, and a participant summary report that includes peer comparison data, performance benchmarking data, and information regarding best-performing procedures and techniques.

Twice each year, participating laboratories submit one stained and coverslipped glass slide from five different cases (two H&E-stained slides, two special stains, and one immunohistochemistry stain). All submitted slides will be recuts of specific surgical tissue types or positive control tissue that will vary from one challenge to the next. Submitted slides will be evaluated for histologic technique by an expert panel of histotechnologists, histotechnicians, and pathologists using uniform grading criteria. The following areas will be evaluated: fixation, tissue processing and embedding, microtomy, staining, and coverslipping.

Become a HistoQIP Grader

Potential graders must meet the grader criteria established by the NSH HistoQIP committee detailed on the grader application.  Applications must be submitted with your Curriculum Vitae annually by December 31st.

Click here for the application and grader criteria. (Word Doc)
Click here for the application and grader criteria. (PDF)


For more information on HistoQIP, or to place an order, call CAP at 800-323-4040, option 1.

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