The OECI Accreditation &
Designation (A&D) Programme aims to help European cancer centres implement
a quality system for oncology, and provide cancer patients in Europe with equal
access to high quality cancer care, backed up by excellent training and
As part of the A&D programme a
multidisciplinary team of professionals in oncology (nursing, medical, quality,
research) visits cancer centres for a peer review. This two-day visit is to
assess the quality of cancer care, education and research within the centre, produce
a report and work together with the centre to formulate recommendations for
improvement. The OECI auditors are highly skilled in their own fields, and in
addition are trained in how to perform a peer review audit for OECI in such a
way as ensures complete consistency within the programme.
As many new centres are entering the
A&D Programme from all parts of Europe, OECI has been looking to expand the
team of expert auditors. On 4th and 5th March 2019 a group of 14 new auditors was
trained during a two-day training course in Villa Verganti Veronesi in
Inveruno, Italy. A earlier group of 18 new auditors was trained on 19 and 20th
November 2018. The new auditors come
from cancer institutes all over Europe (Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, France,
Ireland, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Croatia and
The training course was provided by
Patrick Corstiaans from KERTEZA (kerteza.com), an independent training company
for auditors. During the two training days the auditors were informed about the
content of the standards, how to prepare for an audit using the web-based
e-tool, how to perform interviews and how to report the findings in the e-tool.
During the second day the trainees performed interactive mock interviews.
This now means that we have around
60 trained auditors in the field for OECI.
We are confident that our programme has