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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Vitor Rodrigues

Vitor Rodrigues

Born 1957 in Portugal.

Obtained his MD degree in 1981 and his PhD in Preventive Medicine and Public School in 1993 at the Coimbra’s Medical School.

He is Associate Professor at the same University and he is responsable for the disciplines of Epidemiology and Health Economics.

Experience in epidemiological evaluation and Coordination of populational screening breast cancer screening programes since 1990 and member of cancer screening scientific groups.

Scientific consultor of population cancer registries and member of oficial regional oncologic committees.

Author or co-author of several papers in the field of oncology.

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Last update: 2018