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We are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and are proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in six Pathology specialties.
Established in 1981, 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.
The Faculty of Pathology is a member of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR)
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 six major areas of activity:
Download the current National Laboratory Handbook published by the National Clinical Programme for Pathology