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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Luigi Cataliotti

Luigi Cataliotti

Luigi Cataliotti is President of Senonetwork Italia Onlus (The Italian network of breast centres) and Breast Centres Certification (BCCERT).

Full Professor of Surgery at the University of Florence (1992-2011).

Head of the Department of Oncology at the Careggi University Hospital (January 2008-November 2011).

Head of the Breast Unit from 2004 until 1st November 2011 and Chairman of the Tuscany Regional Centre for the surgical treatment of Breast Diseases since 1999.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of the European Cancer Societies, FECS (1995-2007) and member of the Board of Directors of the European Cancer Organisation, ECCO (2007-2009).

President of the European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists, EUSOMA (1998-2007), President of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, ESSO (2005-2006),  Board member of this society from 1992 to 2008.

President of the Italian Society of Senology (1998-2003) and Treasurer of the Italian Society for Surgical Research (1977-2005).

In 2003, he received the European Society of Surgical Oncology Award.

Member of the Steering Committee of the Breast Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) until November 2011 and member of SAC (Scientific Audit Committee) of the EORTC since 2011.

Member of the Board of Directors of the “Tuscan Cancer Institute”, ITT (2005-2014).

Founding Member of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, Honorary member of ESTRO since 2006.

He has published around 350 papers in peer and non peer reviewed journals and he has given more than 300 lectures in National and International meetings.

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Last update: 2018