Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

About AAPT

Who are we?

The Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT) is the recognised professional body for anatomical pathology technologists employed in hospital and public mortuaries across the United Kingdom. We also welcome equivalent anatomical pathology technologists from overseas.

Formed in 2003 with support from the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), the AAPT is acknowledged as the principle voice for the profession by all major stakeholders allied to anatomical pathology technology.

What do we do for our members?

The AAPT is committed to working with the appropriate authorities and organisations to help ensure, and improve, the professional, educational and practical standards for technologists across the United Kingdom and beyond. Policy is driven by an elected Council and its subsequent committees and members are encouraged to become involved in this process.

AAPT Council & Committees

Who do we work with?

The Department of Health has approached the AAPT to comment on every major consultation document relating to death, bereavement, post-mortem consent and pandemic planning. As a member of the Royal College of Pathologists Workforce Advisory Group, the AAPT is leading the way to develop qualifications fit for purpose and also has representation on the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) APT Examination Board.

Strong links have been developed with the Health Professions Council, Voluntary Registration Council, Home Office, Academy for Healthcare Science, Human Tissue Authority and many other relevant bodies.

How do I join?

To join the AAPT you will be an anatomical pathology technologist working in a hospital or public mortuary in the UK or overseas. The level of membership will depend on your qualifications and experience. The AAPT is accountable to its members through the AAPT Constitution. All members' of the AAPT sign up to a professional code of conduct.

See the join page for details of membership grades, a downloadable application form and direct debit mandate.

The AAPT provides a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for all members. For those achieving a high standard of CPD activity, a CPD Award Certificate is granted.

See Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for further details on this important benefit of membership.


A major date of each year is the AAPT Conference. This informative meeting provides a stimulating lecture programme often with renowned speakers. It also allows opportunity to socialise with other delegates in a convivial atmosphere.

The AAPT also organises one day seminars on relevant specific themes on matters relating to anatomical pathology technology.

See the events page for further information.