Quality Assurance

Quality in Radiotherapy Therapy

The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) was founded in 2010 as an alliance amongst the three key national professional organizations: the CanadianAssociation of Radiation Oncology (CARO), the Canadian Organizations of Medical Physicists (COMP) and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists(CAMRT).As of 2021, CPQR exists as a standing committee within the CanadianAssociation of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA).

The 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. In 2011, COMP and the Canadian medical physics community embarked on the task of revising existing technical Quality Control (TQC) Guidelines, which provide minimum performance objectives and safety criteria for radiation treatment equipment to assure optimal performance. This work is supported by the CPQR, with the development of these guidelines spearheaded by a group of expert reviewers, incorporating opportunities for community review and real-life field testing by the medical physics community.

 More information on CPQR and its programs can be found at cpqr.ca