Accredited Pathology Laboratories
To apply for an Accredited Pathology Laboratory (APL), you must meet certain criteria.
- be a current Approved Pathology Authority (APA)
- have National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.
Read more about NATA accreditation procedures on the NATA website.
How to apply
The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPACC) set the laboratory quality standards, including laboratory category definitions. Read these on the Department of Health website.
To apply for the first time:
- fill in the application for approval of premises as an Accredited Pathology Laboratory form
- pay the fee and send us proof of payment with your application
- upload your application through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) along with the assessment report from NATA or post or fax your application to us.
Read more about using HPOS.
What happens next
Once approved we’ll send you your APL approval dates.
We’ll send you a reminder to renew your APL about 3 months before the expiry date. You’ll need to renew your APL before it expires. Do all of the following:
- complete the application for approval of premises as an Accredited Pathology Laboratory form
- submit the most recent assessment report from NATA with the form
- pay the renewal fee.
Once you renew your APL it’s valid for up to 3 years.
Check the NATA website for a list of all accredited Australian medical testing laboratories.
When your circumstances change
You must obtain a new NATA assessment and APL application if your laboratory location changes.
If ownership of the laboratory changes, you must complete the Approved Pathology Authority acquisition or merger advice form.
Read more about pathology services for health professionals.
Page last updated: 16 January 2020