The Association of Clinical Cytogeneticists (ACC) is the professional association for Clinical Cytogeneticists working in the UK. It is a specially authorised society for the advancement of science registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies, with its registered office at the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, Portland Place, London.
The Association is run by its elected Council, which appoints three main standing committees which are accountable to the Council.
The Education and Training Committee (ETC) oversees all aspects of training and education including organisation of study days. The ETC is also responsible for organising the provision of a training and assessment programme for trainee Clinical Cytogeneticists, including accreditation of training programmes and laboratories, and sets standards for training and competencies for Cytogenetics Technologists. The Association works closely with the Royal College of Pathologists to enable Clinical Cytogeneticists to obtain Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists as their main professional qualification.
The Scientific Committee initiates and co-ordinates collaborative research in all aspects of Clinical Cytogenetics, responds to relevant documents on behalf of the ACC and is involved in the organisation of programmes for scientific conferences including the British Human Genetics Conference.
The Professional Standards Committee has produced guidelines in 2001 for quality aspects of cytogenetics services in the U.K. and has ongoing responsibility for the provision of advice to Council on related standards.
The Junior Liaison Committee is elected by the membership and represents the interests of junior members of the association, with four seats on Council.
Further details of the association and its forthcoming meetings can be found on the ACC website : http://www.cytogenetics.org.uk