HPV Primary Screening

The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) uses HPV testing as the primary screening test.


Visit the Te Whatu Ora website for current information about NCSP HPV Primary Screening:



The information below is provided only as archive reference material.

Updates on the go-live date

Te Whatu Ora has announced $7.3 million in funding to provide free cervical screening services for priority groups as part of its move to the new HPV test. The launch of the new test will now take place on 12 September, replacing the previously announced date of 26 July. Funding for free cervical services will also apply from 12 September. You can find the full announcement here.

Comprehensive information packs on the September go-live update are available, 

Your one stop-shop with all key information is in the pages below:

Introduction to HPV Primary Screening

Background to the HPV Primary Screening Project and an introduction to the changes.

My Role in Cervical Screening

Role specific pages on what is changing for you, including training links.

 Screening Resources and Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines, Policies and Standards and all reports on Cervical Screening including HPV Screening.


Overview of the Register and details of all tools to use to access data.



Changes aimed at improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of the programme.

Contacts and Locations


Contact information for services around screening.

NCSP Advisory


NCSP Advisory and Action Rōpū members and minutes.

All things HPV Training -Coming soon

Links to all the key training materials needed for the change to HPV primary screening.

The NSU website works hand in hand with the Time To Screen Website, ensuring both the sector and participants are ready for HPV primary screening. 

The new screening method will test for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV). About four out of five people have an HPV infection at some time in their lives. There are many different types of HPV and some are more likely than others to lead to cervical cancer. For most people an HPV infection clears by itself within two years (especially in people under 30). However, sometimes it becomes a persistent infection, which may need further follow up and sometimes treatment to prevent cervical cancer.

It is important people who are due for screening continue with the current cervical screening test, and do not wait for the programme change in 2023. The current screening programme is clinically safe and effective and will continue to be so as the programme transitions.

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Page last updated: 11 October 2022