Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

Professional Support

The AAPT exists to support and promote the profession of anatomical pathology technology and its practitioners. We have several areas of the website dedicated to this purpose:

Best Practice

The aims & objectives of the AAPT clearly state a commitment to “helping ensure and improve the professional, educational and practical standards for technologists”.

A series of Best Practice national guidance literatures are to be produced in addition to those that have already been published for Mass Fatality Incident Deployment, Post Mortem Examinations on Friends & Relatives and Property & Valuables.

Education & Training

Emergency & Preparedness

In emergency situations workloads can be excessive and with a duty to maintain routine services, with minimum disruption, local resources may become overwhelmed. The AAPT, on behalf of UKDVI, maintains a register of APTs who can provide assistance as part of local or regional plans or nationally/internationally when requested by humanitarian / commercial organisations.

Regional Networks

The AAPT has begun the process of establishing regional networks to help support, educate and update technologists at a local level. Each region is supported by a steering group.

Human Tissue Act

The latest info for technologists regarding the Human Tissue Act codes of practice and licences needed from September 2006.


Voluntary Registration

Since its foundation in April 2003 the Association has been in regular communication with the Department of Health and other stakeholders and a path emerged for Anatomical Pathology Technologists to achieve statutory regulation with the Health Professions Council (HPC). For the groups aspiring for statutory regulation, the Department of Health established the Voluntary Registration Council for Healthcare Scientists (VRC for HCS) as a stepping stone to full registration.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The UK health departments in the UK’s devolved countries are currently considering important proposals concerning the redesign and redefinition of healthcare scientist careers via a generic career model.