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

Elio Giovanni Rossi

Elio Giovanni Rossi

Born in Alessandria (Italy) in 1954, graduated cum laude in Medicine at the University of Milan in 1979 and specialized in Infectious Diseases in 1982. 

Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy of London since 1991.

Member of Complementary Medicine National Commission of the Ministry of Health 1996 - 2001 and of the CM Regional Commission of Tuscany since 1998.

Director of the Homeopathic Clinic of the Hospital of Lucca since 1998, regional center of reference. 

Responsible of the clinic Complementary Medicine and diet in oncology of the Local Health Unit 2.

Co-author of the text: “Complementary medicine for cancer patients” (2015).

Scientific director of the journal Medicina Naturale since 1998, and author of the weekly rubric The Other Medicine on “RSalute” supplement of  Repubblica 2004 - 2015. 

Advisor for CAM projects in international cooperation programs of UNOPS (United Nations) since 1999 and consultant of ART/UNDP.

Lecturer at the Master of the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Florence, (2004-2007); University of Bologna (2007/2012); University of Pisa (2007/2008); Master of Integrative Medicine University of Siena (2009-2014); Master of Integrative Oncology University G. Marconi  Rome (2015) .

Co-president of the 5th European Congress of Integrative Medicine 2012 in Florence (Italy).

Scientific reference of Tuscan Region of the chapter  Complementary and alternative medicine in cancer care of the WP 7 of the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer.

First author of: Complementary and alternative medicine for cancer patients: results of the EPAAC survey on integrative oncology centres in Europe - Support Care Cancer  2014.

Declaration of interests



Last update: 2018