Affiliated Society

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology is an organization of health care professionals committed to improving health through the study, prevention, diagnosis, and management of lower genital tract disorders.

Contact Information

American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP)
1530 Tilco Drive, Suite C
Frederick, MD 21704-6726
Phone: 301-733-3640
Phone: 800-787-7227 (toll-free)
Fax: 240-575-9880


Fast Facts:

  • Formally organized in 1964
  • Currently has approximately 3,400 members
  • 72% Ob/Gyns, 10% FPs, and 18% NPs
  • IFCPC represents 8,226 members worldwide
  • Annual budget of approximately $2,400,000
  • ACCME-accredited organization (4-year cycle)

Main Activities:

  • Consensus Guidelines Development
  • Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
  • Postgraduate Courses, Biennial Scientific Meeting, CME Enduring Materials

Visit for complete information on all current offerings and to register online.

Comprehensive Colposcopy:  This course and its hands-on practica has been developed for the beginning/intermediate colposcopist or the clinician needing a refresher course in colposcopy, HPV, and lower genital tract disease.  Offered at least three times per year with approximately 225 attendees/course.

Advanced Colposcopy and Dermatology –The Entire Lower Genital Tract: This course covers the management of difficult vulvovaginal and cervical conditions such as abnormal cervical cytology screening tests, recurrent candidiasis, lichen sclerosus, introital dyspareunia, recurrent HPV or herpes virus lesions, and vulvar and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN and CIN). It has been expanded to include new and evolving information about anal neoplasia. The advanced course will include lectures on oral and anal cancer and the relationship of HPV to these entities. This ASCCP advanced course best serves those licensed physicians and advanced practice clinicians who are intermediate to advanced in the level of knowledge and treatment of vulvar, vaginal, and cervical diseases. Currently offered annually with approximately 180 attendees/course.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP):   This one-day didactic course with a hands-on practicum is designed to provide an understanding of electrosurgical physics and safety and to describe the indications for LEEP.  The course is available every year. Attendance limited to 50 participants. 

High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA):  Developed for physicians and advanced practice clinicians who serve the health care needs of MSM, men and women with HIV disease, other at-risk groups and women with HPV-related disease.  The course includes hands-on practica and is now offered three times a year with approximately 60 attendees/course.

Skin Surgery Techniques and Basic Flap Closures:  This workshop is offered periodically as an option with the Advanced Colposcopy courses and at each Biennial Scientific Meeting.  The half-day session covers minor flaps and includes hands-on practice. Techniques covered and practiced include the proper use and techniques of sutures, including vertical and horizontal mattress sutures, running cutaneous and deep buried sutures.  Also covered are biopsy and closure techniques, fusiform excision, O to Z plasty, and single and double advancement flaps.  Participation is limited to 50 registrants per course.

Biennial Scientific Meeting:  This scientific meeting is held every two years and is targeted to practicing obstetrician-gynecologists, family physicians, gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, dermatologists who deal with vulvar conditions, advanced practice clinicians, residency directors of obstetrics/gynecology and family medicine, and those epidemiologists and laboratory scientists who are interested in improving clinical outcomes of lower genital tract disease.  It is designed to provide participants with the most up-to-date advances in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of lower genital tract and HPV-associated diseases, as well as common vulvar disorders.  It focuses on improving medical knowledge, disease management practices, systems-based practices, and patient outcomes. 

The meeting runs three days in length, with general sessions, debates, panel discussions, abstract and poster presentations, concurrent clinical workshops, and symposia. Optional lunch meetings provide other mini-programs on clinical and scientific topics. Additionally, group meetings are scheduled for nurse colposcopists, resident educators and other special interest groups and ASCCP Committees. Attendance averages 540 participants.

Online CME:  As an expansion of the ASCCP e-learning opportunities, nine free online courses have been developed that are suitable as a refresher course or for more advanced training.  Each lecture features a Power-Point lecture containing cytologic, colposcopic, and histologic images, as well as scrolling text and audio accompaniments, thumbnails and search functions.  Each lecture takes approximately 1 hour to complete, however, participants may proceed through the lectures at their own pace, with the program allowing the user to bookmark a lecture and return at a later time.  Each course includes a short self-assessment CME post-test composed of multiple choice clinical questions and case study questions, as well as a course evaluation survey. Upon completion of the CME exam and evaluation survey, the participant will then receive 1 continuing medical education credit (Category 1) for each lecture.  Participation in the ASCCP Online CME Series and receipt of CME credit is free.

Lecture titles:

The Natural History and Epidemiology of HPV
Immune Response to HPV and Management of Genital Warts
Targeting Cervical Cancer with HPV Vaccines
The ASCCP Guidelines for Managing ASC, ASC-H, and LSIL
The ASCCP Guidelines for Managing AGC
The ASCCP Guidelines for Managing HSIL
The ASCCP Guidelines for Management of Women with CIN or AIS
Management of Cervical Abnormalities in Adolescents and Young Women

Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations

For more information on these offerings go to:  and select Education and eLearning

Educational Materials:

ASCCP 2006 Consensus Guidelines: To assist you in your practice, ASCCP has prepared a number of 2006 algorithm products for your use: 


Pocket-Sized Algorithm Booklets*:  Cytology, Histology, and Adolescents Only

Cytology:  The full color cytology booklet contains the 11 primary algorithms derived from guidelines on the management of women with abnormal cervical cancer screening tests.

Histology: The histology algorithms booklet contains the 6 major algorithms derived from the management of women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and adenocarcinoma in-situ.

Adolescents Only: A special compilation of the cytology and histology algorithms central to the management of young women (ages 20 and younger) with abnormal cervical cancer screening tests or CIN.

All booklets available for individual and bulk sale.


2009 Clinical Update: HPV Genotyping Booklet*

Based on the data available at the time, the 2006 Consensus Guidelines included a recommendation that in cytology negative women 30 years and older who are HPV DNA positive (for any of the 13 or 14 high-risk types of HPV detected by the high-risk HPV assays) molecular genotyping assays that detect HPV 16 and 18 would be clinically useful for determining which women should be referred for immediate colposcopy, and which could be followed-up with repeat cytology and high-risk HPV testing in 12 months. Because a FDA-approved HPV genotyping assay was not available in 2006, this recommendation was made contingent on approval of a HPV genotyping assay by the FDA. The first HPV genotyping assay was approved in March 2009 and based on this approval, this Clinical Update inclusive of the Management Algorithm for Using HPV Genotyping to Manage HPV High-risk Positive / Cytology Negative Women 30 Years and Older was prepared and released.


Spanish Translation*
A special compilation of the Cytology and Histology algorithms, as well as the 2009 Clinical Update: HPV Genotyping.


2006 Consensus Guidelines Algorithm Wall Charts*

Cytological Abnormalities—Special Cases: This full color wall chart is 24 by 36 inches in size and includes the top four cytology algorithms ASC-US (Adolescent); LSIL (Pregnant); HSIL (Adolescent); and Use of HPV DNA Testing as an Adjunct to Cytology for Cervical Cancer Screening (Women 30 Years and Older).

Common Cytological Abnormalities:  This full color wall chart includes the      standard ASC, LSIL, HSIL, and HPV algorithms.


* Copyright in the 2006 Consensus Guidelines Algorithms belongs to ASCCP.  Permission to use the Algorithms requires the written permission of ASCCP.  Instructions to obtain reprint permission for either the Guidelines text or Algorithms are now posted on the website.


The Society for Lower Genital Tract Disorders
Rights and Permissions Policy

ASCCP’s written and electronic publications are protected by copyright and all rights are reserved. They may not be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission from the copyright owner. Formal written permission requests, in letter form including the information specified below, are required for any proposed use (e.g., educational or commercial) of the Society’s publications, including the 2006 Consensus Guidelines Algorithms and the 2009 HPV Genotyping Algorithm. The written request should be mailed, faxed or sent as an email attachment to:

Ann Hill
1530 Tilco Dr., Ste. C
Frederick, MD 21704
Fax: 301 733-5775

Permission requests for selections from articles in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease – other than for the 2006 Consensus Guidelines or Genotyping Algorithms – should be directed to:

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
or through Rightslink accessed directly from the articles on the Journal’s website at

Information Required for Permission Request Consideration

Permission to reproduce any ASCCP material, including the Guidelines and HPV Genotyping Algorithms, must be received by the office at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to the expected publication/presentation date. Additional fees may be assessed for requests that do not meet this schedule. The written request on letterhead, if applicable, should contain or address the following items:

1. Full citation of the document or algorithms requested
2. Title and publisher of the intended publication
3. All means by which the publication will be distributed (i.e., book, patient education pamphlet, powerpoint, handout to students, CD, etc.)
4. Number of copies to be reproduced and/or distributed
5. For tables, graphs, images or algorithms, a copy of the materials to be used must be included with the request

Permission Conditions and Limitations

1. Full credit to the source as detailed in the permission granting letter
2. The Algorithms must be reproduced without modification, edits or changes to style or format. Other reprint requests for format changes (e.g., sizing, black & white) will be considered on a case by case basis.
3. Permission, if granted, is for a one-time use only, in English, and does not extend to electronic rights, subsequent editions or foreign translation, nor are any third party reprint rights granted. Online publication requires a specific written request.
4. Permission may be requested to link electronically to the Algorithms pages of the ASCCP website. There is no fee to link to the Algorithms.
5. Permission may be requested to reproduce the algorithms in Spanish but no other foreign language translations are granted.
5. Permission fees for Algorithms are based upon the use (e.g., educational versus commercial) and the format (e.g., powerpoint, text book, etc.). Fees for other reprint rights are typically $100 per article.
6. Should permission be extended to post the publication online (e.g., electronic version of a journal, book or lecture), an additional fee per algorithm included will be assessed.

Prohibited Requests

1. Use of all or most of a written or electronic publication (i.e., entire book chapter, or a form)
2. For use of material not original to ASCCP, the original publisher must be contacted.
3. Reproduction of a document/algorithm that has been withdrawn from circulation


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