Opportunity to participate in the external consultation process of the National Pathology Handbook


Can you take part in the external consultation process for the latest draft guidelines?

The National Clinical Programme for Pathology is working to develop a National Pathology Handbook, which will provide a set of national guidelines and order sets for common clinical diagnostic problems, particularly those associated with high volumes or potential over-usage of investigations.

Volume 1. of the National Laboratory Handbook was published in 2016.

The Handbook continues to be developed in stages, with a bundle of ten new guidelines and reports included in each volume. 

We are now in the process of external consultation for the draft guidelines listed on this webpage and would value your review and feedback.

Feedback to be submitted by 11 September

Your feedback should be entered onto the Word document linked below and emailed to Joan McCormack, Programme Manager at joanmccormack@rcpi.ie

The closing date for feedback is 11 September 2017.

Laboratory Testing for Suspected Viral Hepatitis in Adults

Despite the relatively small numbers reported, there is a significant amount of diagnostic testing for viral hepatitis performed each year in Ireland. Anecdotally, it would appear that a significant amount of unnecessary, or duplicate, testing is also performed, especially for those hepatitis viruses that cause chronic infection, HBV and HCV.

Laboratory Testing for Total IgE and Specific IgE

The aim of this guideline is to provide indications for testing for Total IgE and Specific IgE which can be used by clinicians and laboratories, including circumstances where testing is not required. These guidelines apply to adult and children.

The Abnormal Liver Chemistry Profile

Liver chemistry profiles are widely used in patients with risk factors for liver disease and can assist with diagnosis and management of these patients in conjunction with an adequate clinical history, examination, and other investigations. However, it is not uncommon to see minor changes in one or more tests in relatively well patients, an issue compounded by the fact that 5-6 tests are normally included in most liver chemistry profiles.

Recommendations for the testing and reporting of lipids in clinical diagnostic laboratories within the Republic of Ireland

The testing and reporting of lipids play an important part in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment. Chemical Pathologists are uniquely trained in both the laboratory and clinical aspects of lipidology. Accordingly, the Chemical Pathology subgroup of the Faculty of Pathology RCPI has produced the first Irish guidelines for lipid testing and reporting.

View previously consulted draft guidelines 

Below are the draft guidelines that have previously gone through the external consultation process

Contact us

Joan McCormack

Programme Manager, National Clinical Programmes

Tel: +353 863 9621

Joan McCormack is the National Programme Manager for:

  • Stroke
  • Pathology