The paradigm shift in cervical cancer screening in Germany

Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2016 Jan;293(1):3-4. doi: 10.1007/s00404-015-3940-6. Epub 2015 Oct 29.


With the adoption of the Cancer Screening and Registration Law (KFRG, 2013) based on the National Cancer Plan, the so far opportunistic cervical cancer screening in Germany is to be converted to an organized screening program. This decision in Germany is consistent with the new EU Guidelines and, in anticipation of the upcoming German S3 guideline for cervical cancer screening.

Keywords: Cervical cancer screening; HPV testing; Organized Screening program; Pap test.

MeSH terms

  • Early Detection of Cancer / standards*
  • European Union
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • National Health Programs / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • National Health Programs / standards*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Vaginal Smears