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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Tibor Tot

Tibor Tot

QASDG External Expert

Tibor Tot is associate professor of pathology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and head Pathology & Cytology Dalarna at the County Hospital in Falun, Sweden. He is breast cancer expert of the Swedish Board of Welfare and is regular course director of its breast pathology program. The last years he is also one of the three faculty members in the breast pathology arm of the European School of Pathology, invited faculty member in European School of Radiology, and one of the scientific directors in the European School of Oncology Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer program. In addition to more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters, he published the book Practical Breast Pathology (Thieme 2002, second edition 2014), co-authored the Thieme Series on Art and Science of Mammography, edited two Springer books related to modern breast cancer diagnostics, the last one entitled Breast Cancer - A Lobar Disease dealing with Dr Tot's sick lobe theory. With radiological - pathological correlation of breast diseases as his main field of interest, he is repeatedly invited lecturer at the European Congress of Radiology, European Congress of Pathology, and other international and national meetings all over the world. He is member of the European Working Group for Breast Cancer Screening Pathology, Member of the Council of the European Society of Pathology, and the past chair of the Working Group for Breast Pathology of the European Society of Pathology.

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Last update: 2018