Accredited Pathology Laboratories

To apply for an Accredited Pathology Laboratory (APL), you must meet certain criteria.

You must:

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:

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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:

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.

More information

Read more about pathology services for health professionals.

Page last updated: 16 January 2020