CAP Guidelines

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center, along with our professional partners, is advancing the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine by bringing evidence-based guidelines, and consensus recommendations to the forefront of clinical decision making.

Adopting these guidelines helps pathologists and laboratory professionals to provide more effective testing with consistent, high-quality results, and expert interpretations.

Pathologists, laboratory professionals, and others may submit a topic for the CAP to consider developing.

Evidence-Based Guidelines (EBGs)

The CAP guidelines help pathologists and other clinicians:

  • Make more informed decisions about diagnosis and optimal treatment.
  • Place emphasis on the pathologist's role to the center of patient care

The guideline principles follow the Institute of Medicine's standards, and the CAP develops evidence-based guidelines through a rigorous and transparent process.

Improve diagnostic and treatment decision making

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