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

Piera Poletti


Director - CEREF Centro Ricerca e Formazione Padova, Italy

Faculty (contract)  -  Padua University.

Italian Ministry of Health – Agenzia sanitaria regionale Abruzzo:

Research program “Cancer Screening:  Citizens Involvement - Metodologie di coinvolgimento dei cittadini e approntamento di prototipi di rendicontazione sociale”

Italian Ministry of Health -Planning, Surveys development, tools development:        

  • Patient Charter working group
  • Brick Excellence Hospital program: Criteria, standard, indicators related to Patient involvement and selfcare
  • Patient Safety: Patient involvement tools

W.H.O. Europe: Cooperation as a peer reviewer for documents and books:

  • Guidance on developing  quality and safety strategies  with a health system approach, 2009
  • Patient engagement in reducing  Safety Risk in Healthcare, 2013

Coauthor of a chapter in the book “Assessing the quality of healthcare in the European Union”, 2008

European Union – MARQuIS Research project: Research on Patient involvement

RISE PROJECT: Excellent research and expertise of quality of cancer care by internationally trained staff  (INEXCA)

Former board  member of SIQuAS VRQ, Società italiana per la qualità sanitaria (Italian Society for Quality in Healthcare)  and ESQH – European Society for Quality in Healthcare –board. She is director of the Padua office, devoted to Partnership with Patients

She is has been a member of the Advisory strategic group of the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare (IHI & BMJ)  till 2014.

Declaration of interests



Last update: 2018