Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group

The Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG) will develop the European Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast Cancer Services (the European QA scheme) to set common quality and safety requirements for person-centred breast cancer services in Europe. The scheme will cover all the processes of breast cancer care (screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation & supportive care, follow-up & survivorship care and palliative care) and will be underpinned by the accreditation legal framework and evidence from guidelines.

The QASDG discusses and selects the requirements within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before piloting are subject of open calls for feedback launched online. After piloting, the so validated scheme will become operative on voluntary basis throughout Europe.

The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care).  

The QASDG is supported by the external contractors EA- European Co-operation for Accreditation for the accreditation legal framework and for the coordination of national accreditation bodies, by CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre for literature review and by IQ healthcare to develop indicators.

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Kathi Apostolidis

Kathi Apostolidis

Kathi is the Vice President of ECPC-European Cancer Patient Coalition  and  a Public Affairs Consultant with extensive experience in regulatory affairs, marketing and communications.

She represents ECPC at the EMA’s Patients and Consumers Working Group, she is member of the European Commission Expert Group on Cancer Control and of the Expert Group EIBC/QASDG on the Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer, participates as ECPC representative in Work Packages of the EU Joint Action on Cancer Control.

She is a member of the Cancer Patients Working Group of ESMO, of the Steering Committee of HTAi’s Patients and Citizens Involvement  Group.

At the national level, she is the Chair of the Intergroup Committee for Cancer Patient Rights Advocacy/Greece (DEDIDIKA), she serves as a Deputy Board Member at KEFI-Association of Cancer Patients, Volunteers and Physicians/Greece, and is also member of other Greek & international cancer patient associations.

As a twice breast cancer survivor, she was involved in breast cancer and cancer patient rights advocacy since 1995. She has a broad interest in cancer care policy and many aspects of front line cancer care, survivorship, cancer research and economics, health technology assessment, digital technology in cancer care.

Graduate of the University of Athens, Philosophy Dept. and Political & Economic Sciences and of McGill University, Canada in Business Administration. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Compassionate Health Care.

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Last update: 2018