ACR/ASTRO launch joint radiation oncology practice accreditation program

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The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) have formed a new partnership for radiation oncology practice accreditation that builds on the ACR’s current program, which has served as the industry standard.

As a result of the collaboration, radiation oncology programs will have expanded access to this process of both self-assessment and independent external expert audit, based on guidelines that include ACR and ASTRO guidelines and technical standards, which assesses the qualifications of personnel, policies and procedures, equipment specifications, quality assurance activities, patient safety and the quality of patient care.

During the review, the associations said that the facility’s personnel, equipment, treatment planning and treatment records, and quality control measures will be measured and evaluated. The process is designed to be educational in nature and promote quality among radiation oncology facilities.