Aim

The feasibility and piloting of the European quality assurance (QA) scheme aims to check the feasibility of the requirements and the certification process in real settings.

Approach

Feasibility checks of the requirements in real settings

The breast cancer services involved in the feasibility checks will use the supporting tools to assess their compliance with the requirements and indicators listed in the Manual for Breast Cancer Services.

In case a requirement is not fulfilled, the service will indicate how it plans to comply in the future.

The feedback and data gathered through the self-assessment tool will be analysed and the requirements and indicators will be amended if needed.

Pilot run of the certification process

The piloting of the certification process will be organised in collaboration with the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA). 

Next steps

Implementation of the scheme
When the QA scheme is updated, following the results of the pilot run, the services wishing to improve their quality can apply for certification.

Certification refers to formal recognition by an independent and impartial organisation (certification body) that the breast cancer service and its providers have been audited and have demonstrated to meet all the requirements of the QA scheme.

Auditors will assess whether the requirements are met by means of remote checking of documents/reports and on-site visits, including the review of medical records, interviews with service staff, etc.

The Scheme Owner Manual explains in detail the certification process.