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Recommendations of the European Advisory Committee of Cytotechnology and European Federation of Cytology Societies for Training and Education of Cytotechnologists in Europe

Authors
  • Anic, Veronika
  • Eide, Maj Liv
  • Cochand-Priollet, Beatrix
  • Vrdoljak Mozetic, Danijela
  • Negri, Giovanni
  • Vielh, Philippe
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta Cytologica
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Apr 15, 2021
Volume
65
Issue
3
Pages
199–204
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000513899
PMID: 33857951
Source
Karger
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Review
License
Green
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Abstract

Background: Faced with changes in cytodiagnostics, cervical cancer screening programs, the introduction and application of new methods, the cytotechnological educational program requires the necessary changes and additions. Insufficient, uneven as well as inaccessible education of cytotechnologists in European countries was the basis for making these recommendations. Summary: The results of previous research and publications related to the currently available education of cytotechnologists in Europe, the needs and suggestions were given by the European Advisory Committee of Cytotechnology (EACC) and European Federation of Cytology Societies (EFCS) for optimal education of future generations of cytotechnologists were used in the preparation of these recommendations. The EACC and EFCS propose a 1-year education and training program divided into 3 modules: gynecological, nongynecological exfoliative, and fine-needle aspiration cytology. Training programs should be organized by an accredited university, preferably a combination of internal education in a cytology laboratory and theoretical education at the university. Cytopathologists and cytotechnologists with at least 5 years of work experience in cytodiagnostics should participate in education. Upon completion of the training program, the EACC and EFCS propose an official name: EFCS certified cytotechnologist. Key Messages: The EACC and EFCS believe that it is extremely important that these recommendations are recognized and implemented by institutions that provide education for cytotechnologists so that they can meet the growing requirements of the profession with their acquired knowledge and competencies.

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