The NCSP Register

As the national repository for information relating to cervical screening events, the NCSP-Register is a key component of the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP).

The purpose of the Register is to support the NCSP to reduce the incidence of and mortality rate from cervical cancer, and to enable access to information by those operating or evaluating the programme.

The requirements and functions of the Register are prescribed in Part 4A of the Health Act.  This legislation sets out the functions of the Register as:

Every result that is reported to the NCSP from a screening test, or from a diagnostic test, must be recorded on the NCSP-Register, if that result relates to a woman who is enrolled in the NCSP.

The Register supports the NCSP by providing:

  • screening histories to smear takers, laboratories and colposcopists to support their provision of screening services to women
  • confirmation to women who have enrolled (or have cancelled their enrolment) in the programme
  • a backup service to general practitioners by sending overdue screening test letters and screening test result letters to women
  • statistical data for monitoring and evaluation of the programme.

Information supplied to the Register

Information supplied to the Register comes from a variety of sources, including smear takers and programme participants. The two most important sources of information are laboratories, where screening test specimens are analysed, and colposcopy services where colposcopy procedures are performed. Both agencies are required to report results from these procedures to the NCSP-Register free of charge and in a manner prescribed by the Director-General of Health.

This information is stored securely by the Register in Wellington and can be accessed only by those authorised to do so. Information can only be provided outside the programme to health practitioners and/or evaluators or a review committee appointed by the Minister of Health to evaluate the programme.

Register Central Team contact details

The NCSP-Register is operated by New Zealand Post, with some Register duties carried out by district health boards. Contact details for the Register Central Team are:

NCSP-Register Central Team
PO Box 5895
Lambton Quay
Wellington 6145
Free phone: 0800 50 60 50
Fax: (04) 460 1100

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Page last updated: 03 December 2014