Manuals have been developed for each main actor involved in the European quality assurance (QA) scheme implementation process.

The current versions of the QA scheme manuals will be used to assess its feasibility in real settings and to pilot the certification process. A final version of the QA scheme will be prepared based on the outcomes obtained.

Scheme owner

This manual sets out how the QA scheme is organised, managed and maintained and how the certification process is carried out. The aim is to provide full details on scheme owner requirements for breast cancer services and certification bodies participating in the QA scheme.

Separate checklists have been prepared for each of the modules described in the manual to facilitate the auditing process.

Breast cancer services

This manual describes all requirements of the QA scheme. It provides details on how to meet these requirements and how to calculate the indicators that will be used to verify the quantitative requirements.

This manual also specifies how compliance with a given requirement has to be demonstrated by breast cancer services.

Certification bodies

This manual describes the requirements for certification bodies, including how to perform the auditing process and when to offer certification.

This manual is under development and will be published by the end of 2021.