Quality and Safety – ISR Quality and Safety Alliance (ISRQSA)

Quality and safety activities are among the top priorities of my term as ISR President. In November 2016 we formally established the ISR Quality and Safety Alliance (ISRQSA), replacing the International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety (ICRQS).

The ISRQSA acts as a convener and facilitator for continental, regional and national quality and safety campaigns in radiation protection and drives the ISR’s quality and safety agenda. The ISR is a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is also collaborating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Guy Frija (France, Chair of EuroSafe Imaging) and Donald Frush (USA, Chair of Image Gently) were appointed as co-chairs of the ISRQSA and provided a thorough work plan to be implemented in early 2017.
We look forward to a fruitful collaboration on quality and safety matters with our member organizations!

Dr. Ricardo Garcia-Monaco
ISR President

Message from the ISRQSA Co-Chairs

The mission of the International Society of Radiology (ISR) is “…to facilitate the global endeavors of the … member organisations to improve patient care and population health through medical imaging. To this end the ISRQSA has been established. It consists of continental, regional and national quality and safety campaigns, which are independent professional organisations lead primarily by radiologists and supported by their regional societies of radiology. Most of them are also multi-stakeholder organisations, having on board Medical Physicists and Radiographers and it is anticipated that this model would be a necessary and valuable element for new organisational involvement in the ISRQSA.

The ISRQSA is responsible for the Society’s quality and safety agenda, and functions as convener of and facilitator for continental, regional and national radiation protection and quality and safety. The ISRQSA works in collaboration with other relevant organisations in the domain of safety and quality, including the IAEA, WHO, IRPA and ICRP and similar international societies and organisations.

The overarching objective for the ISRQSA in the area of radiation safety is to establish a strategic plan for global efforts related to quality and safety, which reflect the input of the campaigns. The specific goals of the ISRQSA will embrace contributions towards justification and optimisation, education, equipment performance, regulatory guidance, effective communication, as well as research related to radiation protection in medical imaging.

As a first step a survey of existing campaign portfolios has been carried out. Specifics of individual campaigns related to mission, geographic representation, leadership, strategic plan, business model, relationship to health authorities, and communication strategies have been gathered. Additional steps consist of identification of current campaign needs, and a resource repository, which can serve for exchanges between existing and developing campaigns.

Further activities of the ISRQSA include

  • proposing actions to ISR on the basis of the overarching objective of the alliance,
  • representing ISR with IAEA, WHO, IRPA, and ICRP according to requests received and relevant activities,
  • proposing a contribution to the ISR educational and scientific programmes focused on quality and safety issues based on existing material,
  • providing relevant material for the ISR website, and
  • contributing to the ISR newsletter.

Regular updates and news will be published in this section.

Dr. Guy Frija                                   Dr. Don Frush
ISRQSA Co-Chair                          ISRQSA Co-Chair

ISRQSA members (as per May 2017)

AFROSAFE (E-Afrosafe and F-Afrosafe) www.afrosaferad.org
Arab Safe www.arabsafe.org
Canada Safe Imaging www.canadasafeimaging.ca/en/homepage
EuroSafe Imaging www.eurosafeimaging.org
Image Gently www.imagegently.org
Image Wisely www.imagewisely.org
Japan Safe Imaging
LatinSafe www.latinsafe.org/espanol/

In addition, 6 members of the ISR Executive Committee were invited to join ISRQSA

  • James Brink, Continental Member, ACR, USA
  • Alfredo Buzzi, Elected Member, Argentina
  • Paul Parizel, Continental Member, ESR Belgium
  • Miguel Pinochet, Continental Member, CIR, Chile
  • Kundur Prabhakar Reddy, Continental Member, AOSR, India
  • Sudhir Vinayak Continental Member, ASR, Kenya

ISRQSA News

ISRQSA News is honored to provide an inclusive forum to spread the voice of and share the ideas with stakeholders from different disciplines working on radiological quality and safety issues. The articles represent the opinions of the authors and not the International Society of Radiology unless specifically stated. Our goals are to share experience, promote awareness, and facilitate improvement in radiological quality and safety in different settings.  

The contents are listed on a single page with embedded links.  You can download the newsletter in your mobile device, select and read articles of interest when convenient.  This mobile-friendly format facilitates dissemination and minimizes duplication.

Thank you very much for your support and contributions. Kindly direct any distribution or contribution query to mhierath@isradiology.org.

Dr. Lawrence Lau
Editor, ISRQSA News

ISR is a Cooperating Organization


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ISR at WHO World Health Assembly 2017


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ISR welcomes formal establishment of ArabSafe


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ISR calls at 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices


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ISRQSA News, January 2017


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ISRQSA News Supplement, January 2017


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ISRQSA News, July 2016


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ISRQSA News Supplement, July 2016


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ISR to co-host a side event during (WHA) in 2016


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Communicating Radiation Risks in Pediatric Imaging


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IAEA RPOP webinars


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ISRQSA News, January 2016


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ISRQSA News Supplement, January 2016

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Quality News, July 2015

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ISR led and co-organised a World Health Assembly (WHA) side event

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WHA2014 statements

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WHO-ICRQS Referral Guidelines Project, IRQN "Referral Guidelines for Diagnostic Imaging"

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Radiological Safety and Quality - Paradigms in Leadership and Innovation

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Quality News, July 2014

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Quality News, January 2015

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