A new NHS Digital Pathology Standards Governance Board has been formed to support the standardising of the coding of pathology test requests and results.

The role of the board is to ensure we have a high quality single list of tests for pathology (known as a unified test list) that contain SNOMED CT codes, which is the clinical terminology that allows medical information to be transferred between different systems in an accurate way.

It will also ensure that the processes for maintaining them are clinically safe, accepted and effective for those using them. The first meetings began at the end of 2019, and the board includes representation from clinicians, patients and technical specialists. The members will oversee the development and maintenance of the unified test list.

Dr Laszlo Igali, interim chair of the board, said:

“We all hope that with the oversight of the Pathology Standards Governance Board, the pathology results will be soon safely transferable between all elements of the health and care systems, contributing to patient safety while eliminating repeated testing and speeding up patient pathways”.