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.
Members and external experts
QASDG External Expert
Jasna Mesarić, Associate Professor at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Assistant Director for Quality and Education of Agency for Quality and Accreditation in Health Care and Social Welfare (AQAH), Croatia.
She is specialised in transfusion medicine with postgraduate qualification in Hematology, Clinical Pediatrics and Leadership and Management of Health Services. Since 2007 she is president of the Croatian Society for Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Croatian Medical Association, and since 2015 she is president of European Society for Quality in Healthcare (ESQH). She had a leadership role in launching WHO PATH (Performance Assessment Tools for Hospitals) program in the frame of BCA-WHO and Ministry of Health (2009-2011); Leader of Work Package 2: Dissemination of the European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care, PaSQ Joint Action project (2012-2016).
Through years, she has been active in a wide range of issues and initiatives associated with the development and implementation of quality standards, performance measurement and quality improvement, establishment of reporting and learning system, management of clinical use of blood, education and training. She was Director of AQAH from June 2013 to December 2014.