Discipline - Anatomical pathology
Immunohistochemistry (IHC)
Facility level:
Assay formats
Microscopy of histopathology tissue sections mounted on slides and stained with antibodies to specific markers ; Refer to EDL sections on disease-specific tests for individual assays
Status history
First added in 2019
Changed in 2020
Purpose type
To assess cells for specific markers to identify infection, neoplasia, inflammatory and degenerative disorders
Specimen types
Surgical resection, Biopsy, Core biopsy, Cell block

Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation

General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.

Details of submission from 2020

The inclusion of this entry was based on WHO guidelines and technical reports that include recommendations for the appropriate IVDs.