I am pleased to announce the formation of the Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA). The CCCPA will operate under the CAP-ACP but outside of the PA Section, as per ISO 17024 "Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons".
With this announcement comes the need to revise the PA Section Bylaws.
The Bylaws will be submitted for ratification during the PA section AGM held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, July 10, 2016.
Comments are open for 30 days and will close May 11, 2016 and can be directed to the Danielle Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
In accordance with PA Section Bylaws Amended 2014
Position Statement - CAP-ACP Position Statement on Pathologists’ Assistants
The Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) recognizes that there is a role and a need for appropriately trained and certified non-medical personnel (Pathologists’ Assistants (PAs) to assist pathologists in the preparation and examination of tissues in the setting of surgical and autopsy pathology. This delegation of responsibilities is similar to that given to other physician extenders, such as physician assistants. The gross examination and selection of tissue for histological evaluation plays a critical role in the accurate diagnosis of disease, this particular delegation must always be performed under the close supervision and direction of a qualified pathologist.
Note that the certification criteria will be the same as the 2014 AGM - 2016 AGM membership criteria to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP.
The certification process will be implemented in the near future.