National guidelines for management of cervical squamous intraepithelial lesion: A survey of European Federation for Colposcopy members

Mihaela Grigore, Maggie Cruickshank, Pekka Nieminen, Wiebren Tjalma, Esther Moss, Charles W Redman

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The management of women with cervical squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) is fundamental to prevention of cervical cancer in an organized cervical screening programme. Clinical guidance should improve quality of care and clinical effectiveness if developed and implemented appropriately. This survey provides an update on the current situation of national guidelines for management of cervical SIL amongst member countries of European Federation for Colposcopy (EFC).

Study design
A questionnaire was sent to representatives of each member country of EFC. The questionnaire contained questions on: guidelines for management of cervical SIL of the National Societies/Associations of Colposcopy or others national societies/associations including the development and the consultation processes, guidelines for management of lower genital tract diseases and the regulations in each country for colposcopy practice.

We received responses from all 34 member countries. Thirty countries reported a national guideline for management of cervical SIL that were developed by, or in conjunction with, their national societies or associations of colposcopy. In most cases there was adherence to the recommended steps for guideline development: they were developed by a multi-disciplinary group of specialists (29 countries) and society members were consulted before publication (21 countries). A small number of countries (8) reported to have guidelines for the management of lower genital tract dysplasia (e.g. vulval disease) developed by other national societies. In most countries (26) the colposcopists are obliged to follow the guidelines but this is regulated in only 6 and in 12 countries the colposcopists need to be certified by the national society of colposcopy in order to practice.

There are advances in the development and provision of country specific guidance on the management of cervical SIL. Most EFC member countries have appropriate national guidelines that were developed using a clear methodology, are updated according to progresses in the field and are accessible online to current practitioners. These guidelines support colposcopists to follow evidence-based practice and provides understanding of best practice in guideline development and access.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Early online date28 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • guidelines
  • cervical squmaous intraepithelial lesions
  • management cervical SIL
  • society of colposcopy
  • management vulvar diseases


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