ECIBC is supported by external contractors and consultants  for specific tasks under Horizon 2020 contract for experts or service contracts.


Avedis Donabedian Research Institute (FAD)
The Avedis Donabedian Research Institute supports the development of the breast cancer services' quality manual. The Avedis Donabedian Research Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (FAD) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to collaborate with organisations and public administrations, associations of citizens and professionals, and other public and private institutions with the aim of improving the quality of health and social services that citizens receive. Since 1989, FAD has specialized on quality improvement in healthcare and social areas.


European co-operation for Accreditation (EA)

EA- European Co-operation for Accreditation supports ECIBC for the voluntary European Quality Assurance scheme for Breast Cancer Services. EA is an association of nationally recognised accreditation bodies (NABs) to assess and verify - against international standards - organisations that carry out conformity assessment services. EA has been appointed as responsible for the European accreditation infrastructure (Regulation (EC) No 765/2008).


Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (CCIb)
The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre (CCIb) perfoms the literature review to search the evidence underpinning the recommendations. CCIb is one of the fourteen international centres of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of people who work together to help health care providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care. Its scope of responsibility stretches across Spain, Portugal, Andorra and all Spanish-speaking countries across Latin America. The CCIb is integrated within the department of Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health at the historic Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona, and at the same time it is a part of the Biomedical Research Institute Sant Pau (IIB-Sant Pau). The CCIb is also part of other research networks such as: Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Public Health and Epidemiology (CIBERESP) and the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR). Since 2013 the CCIb is also a GRADE  (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) Centre. For legal purposes, the CCIb is represented by the Asociación Colaboración Cochrane Iberoamericana, a non-profit entity.

Former contractors

Scientific Center for Quality of Healthcare - IQ healthcare
IQ healthcare provides support to the JRC and to the QASDG to develop a common set of evidence-based quality and safety requirements and indicators for breast cancer services in Europe. IQ healthcare is a scientific department focusing on quality improvement in healthcare, embedded in Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Our mission is to improve quality and value of healthcare for patients through research, education and policy support. The department of IQ healthcare believes that quality and safety in healthcare can be improved by better revealing the value of healthcare for all those concerned, by leaving out care without benefit (de-implementation) and by professional implementation and evaluation of care innovations and evidence-based interventions. IQ healthcare's scientific approach is fundamentally focused on value-driven healthcare for patients, care professionals, insurers and government, leading to a reduction in unnecessary costs and an improvement of the tenability of healthcare at health system level.

GIMBE Foundation
The GIMBE Foundation supported the identification of quality thresholds for guidelines to be included in the Guidelines Platform. GIMBE is a non-profit organisation, which aims to promote dissemination and application of the best scientific evidence with independent research, training and scientific information, in order to improve people’s health and contribute to the sustainability of public health.