About CervicalCheck - Ireland's national screening programme

CervicalCheck is the national cervical screening programme.

We aim to reduce the number of people in Ireland who develop cervical cancer.

Our screening programme is population-based. Population-based screening is where we offer a screening test to people in a target group.

In cervical screening, the target group is women and people with a cervix who have been sexually active and are age 25 to 65. These are the people that will benefit the most from screening.

Contact CervicalCheck

Free cervical screening test

We offer free cervical screening tests to all women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 65 who live in Ireland.

If you're on the CervicalCheck register, we will send you a letter to remind you when your next screening test is due.

You can book your test with a GP or clinic registered with CervicalCheck when it is due.

Labs we use

Your sample goes to 1 of 2 quality-assured lab providers we work with. It is tested to see if you have a HPV infection.

If HPV is found, 2 experts will examine your sample for abnormal cell changes. This will help to decide what type of follow-up care you may need.

One of the lab providers we use is in Dublin. This is the Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital. The other lab provider we use is in the USA. This is Quest Diagnostics Inc.

We use a lab provider in the US because there are not enough quality-assured labs available in Ireland to meet our needs.

We are assured that all the labs we use are operating to the required standard. Regular meetings are held between the programme and the laboratories to ensure this.

New national lab

A new National Cervical Screening Laboratory is being planned in partnership with the Coombe Woman and Infants’ University Hospital.

This lab is expected to open in late 2022. It is expected that the lab will eventually become our main laboratory provider in the coming years.

Women's Charter

CervicalCheck is committed to providing you with a safe and reliable service.

Read our Women's Charter (PDF, 1 page, 80KB) - this tells you about how we deliver our service and our commitments to you.

Cairt na mBan (Irish, PDF, 1 page, 80KB)

Page last reviewed: 30 December 2019
Next review due: 30 December 2022