Research Projects


European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer to improve quality of care and to reduce inequality in Europe

Health in Society Unit of the Directorate for Health, Consumers and Reference Materials of the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
ISPRA Subcontractor
1 September 2022
6 months

Project summary

The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) has been established in response to the Council conclusions of 10 June 2008 on reducing the burden of cancer and in response to the European Parliament requests, such as the European Parliament Written Declaration of 14 December 2009, on the fight against breast cancer in the European Union (0071/2009). The European Quality Assurance scheme for breast cancer services (the QA scheme) is part of the ECIBC and its development has been concluded. The QA scheme defines a common set of quality and safety requirements for breast cancer services (BCSs) operating in Europe. Before the formal roll-out of the QA scheme, a pilot run takes place which aims to test the scheme to make it applicable across Europe by taking into consideration the different infrastructures and organisational framework of BCSs. The object of the OECI participation in the pilot run of the QA scheme is to carry out specific tasks referred to the certification and accreditation processes for/of the QA scheme. The European co-operation for Accreditation (EA), being under contract by the JRC, will coordinate the pilot run of the QA scheme. The information gathered during the pilot run will be shared with the EA BCSs working group (WG) to identify potential improvements of the QA scheme’s certification and accreditation processes.

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