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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Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven

Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven

Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven is Referent Radiographer at the Dutch Reference Centre for Screening (LRCB), in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is responsible for the quality assurance of 550 Dutch screening radiographers and 140 staff of tuberculosis screening. In the field of radiographers she focuses on securing and improving the quality of the breast cancer screening programme on a daily base. As part of her work she is developing guidelines and quality indicators. She also has an advisory role to the Dutch Health Council. Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven is member of the LRCB audit team with the focus on quality of radiographers in the Netherlands and abroad. She contributes to scientific research as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the field of mammographic techniques in positioning and quality control. She is involved in training radiographers in signalling abnormalities on mammograms according to the rules set in the Dutch screening and related to the BI-RADS system. She is responsible for and chair of the biennial symposium for dedicated breast radiographers (screening and hospitals 500 to 600 attendees) in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  At a European level, Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven is initiator of a European expert group of Mammographers. She gives workshops at international radiologists courses with a focus on the correlation between breast positioning and the image. She is involved in testing the ergonomics of mammography equipment. Cary van Landsveld-Verhoeven is also author of a book on mammography positioning technique.

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Last update: 2018