European Commission

The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) is operated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).

The JRC coordinates the scientific and technical aspects of ECIBC ensures its objectives are achieved. The JRC coordinates the expert working groups and the liaises with international partner organisations relevant for the initiative. The JRC is furthermore responsible for the definition of preparatory discussion documents and the management of scientific activities in support to the project.

ECIBC is carried out with focus on scientific evidence for developing recommendations in a quality assurance scheme, on transparency for its working methods and on long-term sustainability. ECIBC guidelines are published online which allows for an easier and faster updating process compared to traditional 'paper versions'. The updating process relays upon a platform of a wide range of international experts.

National contacts

ECIBC is taken forward in coordination with national contacts from the EU Member States, as well as from Iceland, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Türkiye.

These countries have nominated national contacts as focal points to provide feedback and advice based on their expertise regarding their national context.

Working groups

The ECIBC working groups are composed of experts selected through public open calls, issued by the EC. They have been selected to cover all needed expertise for the development of the guidelines and quality requirements.

Consequently, the ECIBC includes health care professionals with different expertise and experiences, scientists, and also patients' advocates.

Coordinated by the JRC, the working groups’ members discuss and draft documents during face-to-face or “remote” online - within virtual meetings.

Working groups composition and rules