The ROSQ Committee was established in 2016 to address issues of safety and quality from an ESTRO perspective. Safety and quality are integral to the achievement of the ESTRO Vision but, prior to this, the profession specific committees have addressed issues of safety and quality individually. The aim is to position ESTRO at the forefront of Safety, Quality and Risk Management in Europe. It was felt that a single focus for these issues was necessary to achieve cohesion and clarity of action. The ROSQC is multidisciplinary reflecting the importance of involvement in safety and quality for all professionals and has an international component to reflect the importance of collaboration with other professional societies addressing similar issues.

The ROSQC was established to assist member states to comply with the legal requirements defined in the European Directives in the area of radiation safety and quality. The committee membership reflects all disciplines involved in treatment preparation and delivery and reflects the international interest in all aspects of safer radiotherapy.

As part of enabling compliance, ESTRO adopted the ROSEIS (Radiation Oncology Safety Education and Information System) incident reporting and learning system which is now available to all members through their ESTRO login.

The ROSQC is also developing education material, research and publications to inform the membership of developments in the area. Collaboration is ongoing with HERCA and COCIR on joint or endorsed publications and guidelines.

Future activities include:

  • Additional online education material
  • Expansion of the ROSEIS dataset to include new techniques/technologies, ALERTS, and risk assessment methodologies
  • Analysis of incident reports and dissemination of findings
  • Development of networks to share information on incidents and near incidents
  • Benchmarking
  • Best practices guidelines for departments and associated education programmes.

Chair: Mary Coffey, Dublin, Ireland

Tommy Knoos, Malmö, Sweden

Anita O’Donovan, Dublin, Ireland

Todd Pawlicki, San Diego, United States

Petra Reijnders-Thijssen, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Dirk Verellen, Antwerp, Belgium

 

International Liaison Group:

Geoff Delaney, Sydney, Australia

John Kildea, Montreal, Canada

Brian Liszewski, Toronto, Canada

Michael Milosovic, Toronto, Canada

The committee is contactable through Gabriella Axelsson at the ESTRO office.