The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) was founded in 2010 as an alliance amongst the three key national professional organizations: the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO), the Canadian Organizations of Medical Physicists (COMP) and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT), with financial and strategic backing provided by the federal government through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), a national resource for advancing cancer prevention and treatment. The vision and mandate of CPQR is to support and promote the universal availability of high quality and safe radiotherapy for all Canadians through system performance initiatives aimed at improving quality and mitigating risk. More information on CPQR and its programs can be found at cpqr.ca.
In 2011 COMP and the Canadian medical physics community embarked on the monumental task of reviewing and revising existing Technical Quality Control (TQC) Guidelines, which provide minimum performance objectives and safety criteria for radiation treatment equipment to assure optimal performance. Development of these guidelines is spearheaded by a group of expert reviewers and incorporates two separate opportunities for community review and real-life field testing by the medical physics community.
COMP and The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) are pleased to announce the release of new TQC Guidelines for use in radiation treatment centres across the country. These TQC Guidelines are ratified by COMP or undergoing review/testing. If you are using older versions of these documents, or using the outdated CAPCA standards, please adopt these nationally endorsed guidelines today.