National Hepatitis C Testing Policy
This Testing Policy has been developed as a concise source of standardised, currently available information to inform those involved in ordering and performing hepatitis C testing. This Policy is not a set of clinical guidelines and it should not be used as a guide for the clinical management of hepatitis C infection.
This Policy was written by the National Hepatitis C Testing Policy Expert Reference Committee, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. The review process was coordinated by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM).
The views expressed in this Policy are not necessarily those of the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The Commonwealth, the Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Standing Committee (BBVSS) of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) do not accept any liability for any injury, illness, damage or loss incurred by any person arising from the use of or reliance on the information or advice that is provided in this Testing Policy.
The National Hepatitis C Testing Policy has been endorsed by the Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Committee, effective 22 October 2020. New changes uploaded on 06 March 2023 (Indications for HCV testing- Occupational Exposure) are in the process of endorsement.
Please see here an overview of what is new in this update of the policy