Endoscopy 2012; 44(S 03): SE131-SE139
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1309798
Guidelines
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European guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis. First Edition – Annotations of colorectal lesions

M. Vieth
1  Institute of Pathology, Klinikum Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
,
P. Quirke
2  Pathology and Tumour Biology, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
,
R. Lambert
3  Screening Group, Early Detection and Prevention Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
,
L. von Karsa
4  Quality Assurance Group, Early Detection and Prevention Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
,
M. Risio
5  Pathology Department, Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, Turin, Italy
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Publication Date:
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 pathology was supplemented by an annex describing in greater detail some issues raised in the chapter, particularly details of special interest to pathologists. The content of the annex is presented here to promote international discussion and collaboration by making the issues discussed in the guidelines known to a wider professional and scientific community.