European Guidelines (4th Edition)

GuidelinesIn 2006 the European Commission, in cooperation with EUREF, EBCN and EUSOMA, published the 4th edition of the European Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis.

These guidelines aim to raise quality standards by bringing together at EU level the best examples from regional and national breast cancer screening programmes over the last 20 years. They are a manual for health professionals and advocates everywhere, describing best practice evolving from regional and national breast cancer screening programmes based on mammography.

The fourth edition of this bestseller has again been coordinated by EUREF and developed with input from over 200 professionals from 23 countries.

The complete document (416 pages) can be downloaded using the following link:

An original copy can be ordered at (Search topic: breast cancer) (ISBN: 92-79-01258-4, Cataloguenumber: ND-73-06-954-EN-C).

End 2013, the supplements regarding the physico-technical chapter and the pathology chapter of the 4th edition of the European Guidelines have officially been released and published by the European Commission. These supplements can also be downloaded at (Search topic: breast cancer), or here using the following link:

Latest news

Updated version of European breast tomosynthesis QC protocol (version 1.01)

Due to the rapid developments the European breast tomosynthesis protocol (version 1.01) has been updated and released.


Changes compared to version 1.0:

  • Table 1 has been updated.
  • For scanning geometry DBT systems inherently without projection images it has been mentioned in the description of several measurements that the simple backprojection mode should be used.
  • In the terms of definition the reference ROI in simple backprojection images has been added.
  • In the dosimetry section the s-factor for Rh/Ag has been added.
  • Some small errors has been corrected.


Download the updated version here (bottom of the page).

Workshop on quality control in breast tomosynthesis in Vienna on September 11th, 2015

In this workshop the physic-technical steering group will give an overview on breast tomosynthesis systems, provide insights of the why’s of measurements, will give practical tips for QC measurements and explain the software which is made available by the centres who participated in drafting the protocol.


More information can be found here.

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