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
Cary S. Kaufman
Cary Kaufman is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Medical Director of the Bellingham Regional Breast Center in Washington State.
Dr. Kaufman was trained at UCLA and the University of Washington and for the last 30 years has practiced as a breast surgeon. His professional life has focused on three areas: individual patient care, functional research, and physician education. He has lectured on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer both nationally and internationally.
His interest in quality assessment of breast care has led him to have served as the Chairman of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, the President of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, a Board Member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, a Trustee of the National Consortium of Breast Centers and Chair Emeritus of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers. He is a current member of many societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
He is or has been a journal reviewer for the Annals of Surgical Oncology, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Breast Journal, JAMA, and the Journal of Surgical Oncology. He has published over 50 articles on multiple aspects of breast care, diagnosis and treatment, including pioneering work on cryoablation for breast tumors, assessing the quality of breast care, intraoperative use of breast ultrasound, defining the value of preoperative needle biopsy, digital specimen mammography and specimen tomography as well as other subjects.