Faculty of Pathology


We are the national professional and training body for Pathology in Ireland, working to ensure the highest standards in laboratory medicine.

We are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and are proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in five Pathology specialties.

Established in 1982, we are one of six postgraduate specialist training bodies based in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. We have over 300 Fellows, who are experienced Consultant Pathologists and leading experts in their field.


What is Pathology?

Pathology is the study of the nature and causes of diseases.  It underpins every aspect of medicine, from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to cutting-edge genetic research and blood transfusion technologies. Pathology is integral to the diagnosis of every cancer.

Pathologists are specialist medical practitioners who study the cause of disease and the ways in which diseases affect our bodies by examining changes in the tissues and in blood and other body fluids. Some of these changes show the potential to develop a disease, while others show its presence, cause or severity, monitor its progress and the effects of treatment.

In Ireland, pathology has five major areas of activity:

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology

Download the Current National Laboratory Handbook Vol. 2

Published by the National Clinical Programme for Pathology, 2017

The Faculty of Pathology is a member of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR)

Visit the ICCR Website

Contact us

Rita Dolan

Faculty Coordinator

Tel: + 353 1 863 9738

Contact Rita for queries relating to the Faculty of Pathology and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. She can be reached at pathology@rcpi.ie  and FOM@rcpi.ie