About QAC

Quality Assurance Center (QAC)

Each module will offer 2 CE credits as defined by the ASC

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.

How to purchase:

Purchasing online:  Select the workbench you wish to purchase.  Click "Buy this Workbench" and select the Member or Non-Member price.  A user specific log in and password will be emailed to you from ASCT after your payment has been processed.

Purchasing by check:  Click here to download the registration form and mail in with a check.


Currently Available:                  The Lean Cytopathology Laboratory Workbench

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. The module will introduce you to basic concepts and principles of lean, and through the use of case scenarios, demonstrate how lean tools can be applied in the Cytopathology laboratory.


Coming Soon:                             ASCT Validation Workbench

The scope of this workbench is broad, including recommendations for qualitative, quantitative, semi-quantitative, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved non-modified, FDA approved modified, and non-FDA approved tests. It should be used as a reference point in the selection of verification and validation experiments, calculating the results of data obtained from the experiments and making decisions on acceptability. Lessons learned from implementation will also be shared.

This workbench will:

  • Discuss FDA clearance levels for laboratory tests and reagents and the implications of these designations in the laboratory.
  • Review regulatory test validation and verification standards and actions for compliance.
  • Define the performance characteristics used to properly verify or validate a laboratory test or instrument and illustrate references for study calculations and design.