The Department of Cytopathology Tata Memorial Hospital
was established in 1951, by late Dr. D. J.
Jussawala, former Director of Tata Memorial Centre and
Founder Honorary Secretary of Indian Cancer
Society. The laboratory was started as a collaborative
effort of the Indian Cancer Society and the Medical Division of the Department
of Atomic Energy. The Department of Cytopathology became part of Tata Memorial
Centre in May 1972 and merged with the Department of Pathology in February
The Department of Cytopathology has been accredited by
the Indian Academy of Cytologists for diagnostic services since 1980 and later
as a training and examination centre since 1984.
Professional competency of Cytopathologists and
Cytotechnologists is vital for offering accurate diagnosis. Competency can be
assessed by regular and periodic proficiency tests. Participation in External
Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS) is one of the pre-requisites for accreditation
and quality control.
The Department of Cytopathology, initiated EQAS
Cytopathology service in 2007 with only a few participants, has grown
extensively and at present, more than 400 laboratories (480 participants) from
all over India are registered for this programme. The programme covers the
diagnostic aspects in cytopathology and consists two cycles per year.
registered participant is allowed to evaluate the slides. In the absence of
registered participant no other person will be allowed to evaluate the slides.
At the time
of slide evaluation, separate evaluation forms should be sent by each signatory
if more than one signatory is registered. The feedback for each evaluation form
will be provided separately.
Diagnostic Cytopathology is an annual program which starts by 1st
January and ends by 31st December every year. The program
consists of circulating a set of actual cytology slides (gynaec, nongynaec and
FNAC) among the participants. The pertinent clinical data and format of
evaluation is sent to the registered email ID of the participant. After the
evaluation, the slide box is to be couriered from one participant to another as
per the schedule intimated to the participants.
At the time
of evaluation, participants should NOT label the slides or should NOT put any
mark on the slide.
Since the same slide box is circulated to all the
participants, it is absolutely necessary that the slides should be evaluated within 2 working days of receipt
of the same, so as to maintain the continuity of the cycle among all
participants within 1 year. The slide box has to be transported carefully
without any breakage. In case any participant receives glass slide in broken
condition, kindly inform the program
co-ordinator immediately at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and also
the previous participant, so that the reason for the breakage can be found out.
The list of
participants will be formed as per the geographical distribution of the labs to
facilitate fast transport. The reception of slide box and generating feedback
reports will be completed within the same year. The time of receiving the slide
box may depend on the number of participants in the year. Each participant will
be intimated the list of participants and tentative schedule of their turn.
Kindly note that the duly filled evaluation forms
should be submitted to us by email
(email@example.com) within a
period of 2 days of receiving the
cycle, (Jan-Dec 2024) if there is any change in the Email id, Mobile No., Name
and address of the participating lab and the signatory, please inform us well
in advance to ensure the smooth transport of the slide box from one participant
EQAS Cytopathology also provides
opportunity for re-screening the slides as a corrective measures for
participants having average or below average scores. However, the requirement
needs to be preconfirmed as per the convenience of participant and TMH.
Kindly mark your envelopes / email with "EQAS Diagnostic Cytopathology"
while sending any EQAS correspondence to TMH.
The feedback will be sent to the participant after the
evaluation forms are received by us.
Registration and Service charges for the year 2024.
have to pay one time enrollment fee of Rs. 5000/- + Rs. 900/- (@18% GST) = Rs.
5900/-(Rupees Five Thousand and Nine Hundred only) and annual service charge of Rs. 2000/- +
GST) = Rs. 2360/- (Rupees Two Thousand and Three Hundred Sixty only) per participant. This amount is Non-refundable & Non-transferable.
GST @ 18%
Total Amount (Rs.)
Registration fee (One-time payment)
For New Registration
+ GST @ 18%
Annual fee for signatory
+ GST @ 18%
Registration fee + One signatory
Registration fee + Two signatories
Registration fee + Three signatories
Registration fee + Four signatories
Registration fee + Five signatories
Registration fee + Six signatories
GST @ 18%
please go to our official website https://tmc.gov.in/m_events/Events/EventDetail?id=27955&type=6&pg_tp=conf
can be made either by Credit card, Debit Card or Demand Draft.
Draft should be drawn in favour of “Tata Memorial Hospital”, payable at
banking option is not available for this purpose.
charges have to be paid in December every year for the continuity of EQAS
membership for the next year. Kindly
note that the payment will be accepted only for individual labs/institute. Combined
payments for multiple labs/institute will not be accepted.
laboratory / institute wishes to get more than one signatory evaluated, a sum
of Rs. 2360/-(Rs. 2000/- + Rs. 360/- @18% GST) (Two
Thousand and Three Hundred Sixty Rupees only) per each additional signatory will be charged. Those interested may
please send us the details of the additional signatories (Name, Qualification,
Designation, Email ID, Mobile No.) as early as possible.
Lab Manager & Co-ordinator EQAS
Department of Cytopathology
Room No. 129, 5th floor, Annex
Tata Memorial Hospital
Dr. Ernest Borges Road, Parel (E)
Mumbai – 400 012
Phone: 022 24177000,
E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any queries / suggestion kindly email at email@example.com
With warm regards
Deodhar Dr. Sangeeta B. Desai
Cytopathology & EQAS Cytopathology Department
of Pathology, Tata Memorial Centre Tata Memorial Centre