The nationwide network and registry of histo- and cytopathology in the Netherlands (PALGA Foundation)

The PALGA Foundation was established in 1971. The purpose of the nationwide network and registry of histo- and cytopathology in the Netherlands (PALGA) is to promote communication and the provision of information within and between pathology laboratories, and to make the resultant knowledge available to health care.

The PALGA network includes every pathology laboratory in the Netherlands. PALGA contains the results of every single pathology test: malignancies, benign disorders, as well as the results of tests in which no abnormalities were found. The PALGA network enables the best possible use to be made of data that are recorded, on a one-off basis, in the laboratory.

The data in the central system forms the basis for the national cancer registry. It is indispensable for the evaluation and monitoring of population screening programmes, it supports patient care, and it can be used for the purposes of scientific research. PALGA facilitates the fast, effective and economical use of pathology data from all Dutch pathology laboratories.

PowerPoint presentation PALGA (in Dutch)

PALGA is subsidized by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. 



The best treatment begins with the best diagnosis.



We believe that the best possible treatment begins with the best possible diagnosis.

For this reason, PALGA provides high-quality support for pathologists, enabling them to reach the best possible diagnosis and to contribute decisive information for the treatment of patients.

PALGA plays a crucial part in supplying data to third parties, such as the Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the Netherlands (IKNL), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Dutch Institute for Clinical Auditing (DICA) and other medical registers.

The structured data that PALGA collects, manages and makes available to others serves to improve quality and patient safety, while promoting research both in-house and elsewhere.

In this way, PALGA supports – and plays an indispensable role in – health care.