Welcome to the ASCT Quality Assessment Center

ASCT’s Quality Assessment Center workbenches were created by cytotechnologists for cytotechnologists. They are designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to manage the day to day operations of a modern cytology laboratory.

Available Workbenches

What could laboratory medicine possibly learn from a manufacturing model used to produce automobiles? In this workbench, we will demonstrate how lean, a quality management system that is derived from the Toyota Production System, can be implemented in a cytopathology laboratory to reduce errors and waste, maximize efficiency, and ensure continuous quality improvement. This workbench will introduce you to the basic concepts and principles of lean, and through the use of case scenarios, demonstrate how lean tools can be applied in the cytopathology laboratory.

The objectives for this workbench are:

1. Define lean principles and concepts.

2. Identify lean tools that may be applied to the cytopathology laboratory.

3. Apply lean tools to develop effective solutions.


Document Control problems are among the most frequently cited in laboratory inspections. As a fundamental component of good laboratory management, the laboratory that develops and maintains a document control system will see collateral benefits throughout the organization. These include process standardization as well as added resources for training and competency assessments. This workbench provides the basic concepts and common elements of an effective Document Control System with specific examples for implementation in Cytopathology.

The objectives for this workbench are:

1. Define common document control elements required by various regulatory organizations.

2. Discuss components of a Document Control System.

3. Provide mechanisms for assessing the effectiveness of a Document Control System.


A well prepared cell block can be a valuable tool for diagnosing non-gynecologic cytology cases.  Cell block preparations can provide additional information which can clarify a diagnosis. They can also be used for special stains and immunohistochemistry. This workbench will review several techniques for making cell blocks and highlight the best method to use for certain specimen types.

The objectives for this workbench are:

1. Define what a cell block is.

2. Describe different techniques for making cell blocks.

3. Describe cell block techniques that work best for certain specimen types.