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Revision of Cervical Screening unit standard 1098





Health Studies

Cervical Screening



NZQA National Qualifications Services has completed the revision of the unit standard listed above.


Date new version published                                                             February 2011


Planned review date                                                                           December 2013




This revision was driven by changes in legislation.  The National Screening Unit was advised that all smear takers must be up-to-date with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing documents.  HPV testing is significantly new and has only just been introduced to the smear taking process.


Main changes


·      A reference to HPV was revised in explanatory note 2.

·      Range statements were added for evidence requirements 1.2 and 2.1 to clarify requirements in relation to HPV.

·      Entry requirements, not critical to health and safety, were included in explanatory notes for guidance.  Other entry requirements were placed under the 'Critical health and safety prerequisite' heading to more clearly signal their mandatory nature.

·      Some evidence requirements were amended for consistency.

·      References in the explanatory notes were updated.


The last date for assessment of superseded versions of this standard (versions 1-3) is 31 December 2012.  Results will not be accepted where the assessment date is after the last date for assessment of the superseded version of the standard.