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

Francesco Sardanelli

Francesco Sardanelli

QASDG vice-chair

Francesco Sardanelli, born in Genoa, Italy (June 14, 1953).

Medicine Graduation (1982) and Postgraduation in Radiodiagnostics (1986), staff radiologist (1987-99), and professor at the Postgraduation Course in Radiodiagnostics (1992-2000), Genoa University.

Director of the Department of Radiology at the Research Hospital Policlinico San Donato, Milan, Italy (2001-).

Professor of Radiology at Milan University (2006-).

Director of the Postgraduation School in Nuclear Medicine (2008-2010) and in Radiodiagnostics (2015-), Milan University.

Responsible for the San Donato Unit of the population-based mammographic screening program of the Milano2 Local Health Service (2001-).

Consultant for the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian Ministry of Health), for the national radiological coordination of three multicenter studies on MRI-including screening of women at high genetic-familial high risk for breast cancer (1999-2012).

Member of the Board of Directors of Breast Centres Certification according to EUSOMA guidelines.

Member of Editorial/Advisory Board of European Radiology, The Breast, Radiologia Medica, American Journal of Roentgenology, Insight Into Imaging, Clinical and Translational Imaging, and reviewer for other 47 medical journals.

Current societal roles: Research Committee, European Society of Radiology; Advisory Board, European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research; Director, European Network for Assessment of Imaging in Medicine. President, European Society of Breast Imaging.

President, College of Breast Radiologists by the Italian Society of Medical Radiology.

Honorary membership, British Society  Breast Radiology, Iranian Society of Radiology.

Publications: 6 books and 46 book chapters; over 300 full articles, 256 indexed by Scopus (total impact factor 713; total citations 3,573; h-index 32); over 700 congress abstracts.

Declaration of interests



Last update: 2018