What? Why? How? Cost And then? More What? ESGO Certification for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Surgery The ESGO certification for advanced ovarian cancer surgery is an award attributed to institutions, which can offer patients the specific skills, experience, organization, and dedication required to achieve optimal levels of surgical care. The ESGO certification is based on the completion of the ESGO quality indicators. A scoring system has been designed and internally validated within the International Expert Panel. Only centres which perform a minimum of ≥20 cytoreductive surgeries for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer per year can apply for certification. The candidate centers have to fill a self-assessment form including the ten ESGO quality indicators, along with the corresponding marks of the scoring system. As some of them involve quantitative data, documentation of the data, for example in a database, must be available. ESGO Quality Indicators Why? Why Apply? The centres receiving the ESGO certification will be entitled to: Use the subtitle “ESGO certified center in advanced ovarian cancer surgery” Use the ESGO logo in its ovarian cancer related communication Be listed on the ESGO Guidelines website for patients’ and physicians’ reference List of certified centers How? Application Process If you wish to apply for the ESGO certification in advanced ovarian cancer surgery, follow the below process: 1. Make sure that the number of advanced ovarian cancers operated during the last three calendar years is ≥20 per year. Please note that diagnostic and palliative surgery, recurrences, borderline tumors, non epithelial tumors, and stage I-II epithelial ovarian cancer are not taken into account. 2. Provide data for the last three years: Number of referred cases (N) Number of operated cases Proportion of primary debulking surgeries in treatment naive patients Proportion of complete cytoreduction at primary and interval surgery An anonymised 3-year database including the above, plus pathology type and grade, FIGO stage and sub-stage, age, and performance status is mandatory. 3. Further provide: Number of surgeries per surgeon per year Documentation of clinical trials (NCT Number and recruitment numbers overall per year, and if available publication list) Description of how complications are documented and quality management is performed 4. Fill out the application form and the self-assessment form with scoring. -> Click here to download the application form -> Click here to download the self-assessment form 5. Send the forms to the ESGO Guidelines Secretariat, along with the administrative fee and commitment to cover possible audit expenses. Apply Now! Cost Certification Cost There is a nominal administrative fee of 500 EUR due from the applicant centre. Besides, a formal acceptance and commitment to fund (up to 650 EUR based on the travel expenses of the expert) a random full-day audit that might be necessary in exceptional cases. And then? Application Review Process After checking, the application is submitted to a jury (3 members, rotating every 2 years) outside the country of applicant institution. As the maximum score is 40, centers meeting 80% (score 32) of the maximum score are proposed for certification to the ESGO Guidelines, Quality Assurance and Recommendations Committee then the ESGO Council, which makes the final decision. Certification is valid for 5 years, subject to renewal as a result of maintenance of the standards. Certified centers commit to provide every year an update of the above-mentioned figures. The process of renewal of certification is conditional to yearly transmission of the figures to the ESGO Guidelines Secretariat. In general, centers scoring less than 28 will be rejected. Centers with self-assessment score 32 or more, but with discordant information, or centers with 28-31 (between 70% and 80% of the maximum score) score can resubmit after at least one year. Certified Centers More Centers of Excellence Award Some high volume and high quality certified centers can in addition apply for the «center of excellence» award. The role of centers of excellence is to highlight the ESGO quality assurance program, to offer education aimed at improving quality in non certified centers, and in provisionally certified centers, to offer complementary education to relatively low volume certified centers, and to set the basis for a European network of centers of excellence. They make the core of the certification jury. The criteria defining a center of excellence are: certified center, with an accredited ESGO fellowship program, performing ≥ 50 stage III-IV cytoreductive surgeries per year, actively participating in at least one trial in ovarian cancer, having published in a peer-review journal at least one paper on ovarian cancer during the last three years. Optionally, they have a basic research program and a biobank facility. The founding centers of excellence are the centers represented within the International Development Group which meet the standard. After the creation of the jury made of the founding centers of excellence, later applications from certified centers will be reviewed by the jury. The award will be delivered by the Guidelines, Recommendations and Quality Assurance Committee of the ESGO. 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