We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC published a comprehensive report of breast cancer care services in Europe based on a survey which analysed the current situation in 25 countries that voluntarily participated in the study. This report is a major step towards the development of a European quality assurance scheme for breast cancer services, which is part of the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer coordinated by the JRC.
The 'Report of a European survey on the organisation of breast cancer care services' covers healthcare organisation, cancer screening, breast cancer care organisation, safety and quality, accreditation and certification schemes, competence requirements for professionals and much more.
The survey results illustrate a diversity of healthcare systems, showing that:
The European Commission supports the development of a modular, flexible and evidence-based scheme, adaptable to the diverse healthcare organisational settings, ensuring all women in Europe get access to quality care.