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

David Ritchie

David Ritchie

David works for the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), which is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation comprised of 25 national and regional cancer societies from the wider European region.  His focus at ECL is on both primary and secondary prevention of cancer, with a particular emphasis on public communication of cancer prevention messages.  Currently, he is concerned with promoting the 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer via collaborative working amongst the national and regional cancer societies. 

David has been involved in a number of multi-country projects and initiatives related to health inequalities, cancer and other chronic diseases, including the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC) in which he was active in the screening and early diagnosis work package.  

Previously he has worked in hospital administration, and for a sub-national public authority specialising in public health policy and project coordination at the European level.  During this time he co-founded a pan-European network for local and regional public health authorities, and was also the secretariat for 5 years of a trans-national public health working group of regional politicians and city mayors.

Declaration of interests



Last update: 2018