In 2016 Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA) became active. 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".
As a result of this announcement the PA Section Bylaws were revised and ratified at the 2017 AGM in Charlottetown, PEI after the lack of a Quorum in Vancouver 2016.
Click here for the current PA Section by-laws.
In accordance with PA Section Bylaws Amended 2016
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 criteria and processes are available via CCCPA link.