Policies and Standards
Their purpose is to support all those involved in the NCSP to achieve the Programme's aims and objectives by ensuring a high standard and national consistency of service at each step of the screening pathway.
The Policies and Standards also enable monitoring and evaluation of the Programme.
The NCSP Policies and Standards are published as independent sections relating to provider groups.
Section 1: NCSP overview
Is relevant to all provider groups- Revised September 2014
Section 2: Providing an NCSP Register service
Encompasses both the central NCSP Register functions as provided by the Register Central Team and support services provided within DHBs. - Revised March 2015
Section 3: Cervical Screening Services
Covers information, policies and standards of practice for cervical sample takers and providers of cervical screening services - Revised April 2017
Section 5: Providing a laboratory service
Covers the provision of gynaecological cytology, histology and HPV testing services for the NCSP - Revised May 2015
Section 6: Providing a colposcopy service
Relates to health professionals providing a colposcopy service - Revised July 2013
Glossary for the Operational Policy and Quality Standards Manual
Cancer Registry Act 1993
The Cancer Registry Act 1993 was enacted to make better provision for the compilation of a statistical record of the incidence of cancer in its various forms, to provide a basis for the better direction of programmes for research and for cancer prevention.
The Health (Cervical Screening (Kaitiaki)) Regulations 1995
The National Kaitiaki Group was established in 1995 by the Minister of Health under these regulations. The group is appointed by, and accountable to, the Minister of Health.
Bethesda 2001, New Zealand Modified (August 2014)
Codes, descriptors and assessment of sample adequacy for cytology laboratories.
This replaces v5.1, October 2013
SNOMED Coding for Histology
Updated January 2013. National Cervical Screening Programme, Ministry of Health.
National Screening Unit Incident Management Policy
These guidelines outline the best practice for incident management in the National Screening Unit Programmes.
All incidents need to be reported to:
Jane O'Hallahan, Clinical Director, National Screening Unit
Ph: (04) 816-4443