Endoscopy 2012; 44(S 03): SE88-SE105
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1309795
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European guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis. First Edition – Quality assurance in endoscopy in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis

R. Valori
1  Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, United Kingdom
J-F. Rey
2  Institut Arnault Tzanck, Saint Laurent du Var, France
W. S. Atkin
3  Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
M. Bretthauer
4  Cancer Registry of Norway and the Department of Gastroenterology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
C. Senore
5  CPO Piemonte and S. Giovanni University Hospital, Turin. Italy
G. Hoff
6  Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo, Norway
E. J. Kuipers
7  Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
L. Altenhofen
8  Central Research Institute of Ambulatory Health Care, Berlin, Germany
R. Lambert
9  Screening Group, Early Detection and Prevention Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
G. Minoli
10  Gastroenterology Unit, Valduce Hospital, Como, Italy
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25. September 2012 (online)

Multidisciplinary, evidence-based guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis have been developed by experts in a project coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The full guideline document covers the entire process of population-based screening. It consists of 10 chapters and over 250 recommendations, graded according to the strength of the recommendation and the supporting evidence. The 450-page guidelines and the extensive evidence base have been published by the European Commission. The chapter on quality assurance in endoscopy includes 50 graded recommendations. The content of the chapter is presented here to promote international discussion and collaboration by making the principles and standards recommended in the new EU Guidelines known to a wider professional and scientific community. Following these recommendations has the potential to enhance the control of colorectal cancer through improvement in the quality and effectiveness of endoscopy and other elements in the screening process, including multidisciplinary diagnosis and management of the disease.