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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Ruben Orda

Ruben Orda

Prof. Ruben Orda is a Prof. Emeritus of Surgery at the Tel-Aviv University in Israel.
Prof. Orda currently serves as Chairman of the International School of Senology (SIS/ISS) and Director of the SIS/ISS International Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Previously, he served as Governor of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Founder and President of the Israeli Chapter of the ACS as well as Founder and President of the Israeli Senologic Society.
Prof. Orda is a Member of the National Academy of Surgery, France; Honorary Professor of the Beijing Hospital, China; and recipient of the Friendship Award granted by the Government of China.
Prof. Orda has been awarded the Medal of Excellence by the Senologic International Society; the Gratitude Award by the Board of the Deans of Faculties of Medicine in Israel and the Israel Cancer Association.
He is an Honorary Member of the Israeli, Bolivian, Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Lithuanian and Uruguayan Senologic Societies; Suma Cum Laude Honors Member of the Croatian Senologic Society; and National Delegate at the European Society for Surgical Research.
Prof. Orda has also served as President of the Senologic International Society (SIS), Chairman of the Division of Surgery at the Tel-Aviv University, Chairman of the Division of Surgery at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Chairman of the Israel Surgical Society and National Delegate at the Collegium Internationale Chirurgiae Digestivae.      
Prof. Orda is a Member of the Editorial Board of several international scientific journals and author of more than 200 scientific publications.

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Last update: 2018