The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) provides essential levels of quality care that are equally accessible across Europe.

European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services

The European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services aims to improve the results of care and takes into account the patient experience and satisfaction.

The scheme will provide a common set of quality and safety requirements applicable by breast cancer services.

The scheme will cover relevant areas of healthcare provision for breast cancer and breast cancer care procedures.

The scheme is designed to be implemented on a voluntary basis by services who wish to demonstrate their quality of care. The compliance of the services with the scheme's requirements will be checked by independent bodies. Breast cancer services that fulfil the requirements will be awarded with a certificate.

European guidelines on screening and diagnosis

The objective of the European guidelines is to provide up-to-date evidence-based recommendations on breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Their development is transparently reported so they can be implemented across Europe and beyond.

The European guidelines offer to healthcare providers and women clear, objective and independent guidance on breast cancer screening and diagnosis. They guide healthcare managers and policy-makers when planning, organising and monitoring the effectiveness of screening programmes.

International guidelines on breast cancer care

To cover the entire breast cancer pathway, ECIBC also gathered guidelines developed by organisations worldwide, to complement the European guidelines for screening and diagnosis.

These guidelines are included in an easy-to-search catalogue and provide the needed evidence to support the European quality assurance scheme with good practices for all breast cancer care processes after screening and diagnosis (treatment, rehabilitation, survivorship and follow-up, palliative and end-of-life care).

The catalogue is periodically updated. It brings together the guidelines that meet the ECIBC eligibility criteria  for inclusion.

Timeline and milestones

  • 2020

    European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services completion

  • 2019

    Completion of the European guidelines on breast cancer screening and diagnosis
    First release of the international guidelines on breast cancer care catalogue

  • 2018

    Continuous release of the European guidelines

  • 2017

    Continuous release of the European guidelines

  • 2016

    ECIBC scopes definition
    First release of the European guidelines on breast cancer screening and diagnosis

  • 2015

    ECIBC working groups appointment
    Launch of the ECIBC website

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