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
As a trained gynecologist I have been the founding member of two certified breast cancer centers in Germany (2003 and 2004). The impact of certification on the overall care of patients was strikingly convincing. Its success encouraged me to continue my career in the area of quality assurance. Subsequently I graduated with a Master´s Degree in health care management, and in 2008 I started as head of the certification department of the German Cancer Society. Within our certification system we have 278 certified breast cancer centers in four European member states. These centers are part of a comprehensive oncological certification system with in total over 1000 certified centers for different tumor entities. By now the German centers treat 90% of all incident breast cancer cases in Germany.
I am also a member of the Guideline Group which developed the German evidence based Guideline for Breast Cancer. The guideline is the basis for recommendations which must be met during the certification procedure. Every year my department publishes the results of over 50.000 breast cancer patients that have been treated in certified centers.
In sum, my expertise has got breadth and depth, based on many years of experience in the field of quality assurance. It is part of my daily work to develop with other experts guideline based recommendations, quality indicators, nationwide working documentation and to implement a successful certification system with added value for patients and care givers.