PALGA Foundation

PALGA, the Pathological Anatomical National Automated Archive, is a foundation founded in 1971 by pathologists. The goal of the PALGA Foundation (hereinafter PALGA) is to provide excellent support to the pathologist to make the best possible diagnosis and to contribute decisive information to the patient's treatment plan. PALGA also excels at the collection, management and provision of structured pathology data in order to promote quality and patient safety and to enable scientific research.

The PALGA infrastructure has national coverage and facilitates PALGA's objectives. The infrastructure consists of a national database, the communication lines between the pathology laboratories and the national database and the systems within the laboratories, including the protocol module. From the final quarter of 2016, secure communication lines between the laboratories have also been a  part of the PALGA infrastructure.

The National Databank will be replaced with an index function, with which the data will remain as close to the source (the pathology laboratories) as possible. From the laboratories the pathology data from the laboratories can be made available directly to the cancer registry, population screens, the DICA and other registrations.

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.