Approved Pathology Authorities

To apply to be an Approved Pathology Authority (APA), you must meet certain criteria.

You must:

  • own an Accredited Pathology Laboratory (APL) that is going to claim Medicare benefits
  • meet the requirements in the Approved Pathology Authority (APA) Undertaking.

How to apply

To apply:

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What happens next

If approved, we’ll send you a unique APA number with your approval dates. This is valid for 12 months.

We’ll ask you to renew your APA 11 weeks before it expires.

You’ll need to renew your APA before it expires, allowing enough time for processing. To do this:

When your circumstances change

You must tell us in writing if your circumstances change. This includes if you've bought or merged with another APA, or acquired some of the business.

You'll need to complete and send us an Approved Pathology Authority acquisition or merger advice form.

Read more about Pathology services for health professionals.

Page last updated: 7 November 2022.
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