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European Guidelines on the Organisation of Breast Centres and Voluntary Certification Processes

Dec 1, 2019 | Magazine: Breast Care

Laura Biganzoli  1 , Lorenza Marotti  2 , Maria-Joao Cardoso  3 , Luigi Cataliotti  4 , Giuseppe Curigliano  5   6 , Jack Cuzick  7 , Aaron Goldhirsch  8   9 , Marjut Leidenius  10 , Robert Mansel  11 , Christos Markopoulos  12 , Lynda Wyld  13 , Isabel T Rubio  14   15

Background: EUSOMA undertook the commitment of defining the requirements for a specialist breast centre, which has become the reference document for the implementation of breast centres.

Summary: The EUSOMA requirements for a specialist breast centre give clear indications regarding the requisite caseload, dedicated team composition (core and non-core team), organisation, availability of services and equipment throughout the patient pathway, quality control, and application of a multidisciplinary approach.

The minimum number of cases is 150 newly diagnosed breast cancer cases per year. Based on the EUSOMA requirements, a voluntary and accredited certification scheme has been developed. In Europe, other voluntary certification schemes are available, such as those developed by the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Disease, the National Cancer Peer Review Programme in the UK, and the "label de qualité" established by the Swiss Anticancer League and the Swiss Senology Society.

The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) has overseen the development of a European Quality Assurance Scheme.

CITATION  Breast Care (Basel). 2019 Dec;14(6):359-365.  doi: 10.1159/000503603. Epub 2019 Oct 16.