The ESGO accreditation for Advanced ovarian cancer surgery is an award attributed to institutions (both European and out of Europe), which can offer patients the specific skills, experience, organization, and dedication that are required to achieve optimal levels of surgical care.
The ESGO accreditation is based on the completion of 10 quality indicators and a scoring system that has been designed and internally validated within the International Expert Panel.
Centres interested to get accredited are required to:
Only centres that meet the above requirements can start the application process for the ESGO accreditation by filling out the Application and Self-assessment forms, along with the corresponding marks of the scoring system*.
* Quantitative data requires documentation of the data to be available, for example in a database.
The centres receiving the ESGO accreditation will be entitled to:
Follow the below requirements and process:
1. Make sure that the number of complete advanced ovarian cancers operated during the last three calendar years is ≥24 per year. Also please make sure that the numer of complete primary debulking surgeries is ≥12 per year. Please note that diagnostic and palliative surgery, recurrences, borderline tumors, non epithelial tumors, and stage I-II epithelial ovarian cancer are not taken into account.
The sum of the individual scores being 40, it has been decided that the score of 32 points provides a satisfactory surgical management of advanced ovarian cancers.
2. Provide :
An anonymised 3-year database including the above, plus pathology type and grade, FIGO stage and sub-stage, age, and performance status is mandatory.
3. Further provide:
4. Fill out the below application and the self-assessment forms with scoring.
5. Send the forms to the ESGO Administrative Office, along with the administrative fee (ESGO Invoice will be sent) and commitment to cover possible audit expenses.
Need further information? Contact the ESGO Administrative Office
There is a (re)accreditation administrative fee of 1.000 EUR due for the Advanced Ovarian cancer surgery (re)accreditation from applicant centres from High income countries and 500 EUR from centres from Low and Middle Income Countries. (Please consult the list of LMIC countries as of the World Bank)
Besides, a formal acceptance and commitment to pay the travel expenses of the expert, a random full-day audit that might be necessary in exceptional cases.
After checking, the application is submitted to a jury (3 members, rotating every 2 years) outside the country of applicant institution.
As the maximum score is 40, centers meeting 80% (score 32) of the maximum score are proposed for certification to the ESGO Guidelines, Quality Assurance and Recommendations Committee then the ESGO Council, which makes the final decision.
Accreditation is valid for 5 years, subject to renewal as a result of maintenance of the standards.
Accredited centres commit to provide every year an update of the above-mentioned figures. The process of renewal of accreditation is conditional to yearly transmission of the figures to the ESGO Guidelines Secretariat.
In general, centers scoring less than 28 will be rejected. Centers with self-assessment score 32 or more, but with discordant information, or centers with 28-31 (between 70% and 80% of the maximum score) score can resubmit after at least one year.
Some high volume and high quality accredited centres can in addition apply for the «Centre of Excellence» award.
The role of Centres of Excellence is to highlight the ESGO quality assurance program, to offer education aimed at improving quality in non accredited centres, and in provisionally accredited centres, to offer complementary education to relatively low volume certified centres, and to set the basis for a European network of Centres of Excellence. They make the core of the accreditation jury.
The criteria defining a Centre of Excellence are:
The founding Centres of Excellence are the centres represented within the International Development Group which meet the standard. After the creation of the jury made of the founding Centres of Excellence, later applications from accredited centres will be reviewed by the jury.
The award will be delivered by the Guidelines, Recommendations and Quality Assurance Committee of the ESGO.
View the requirements and start the process by filling out the application and the self-assessment forms below.
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