With the opening up of travel following the pandemic we are delighted to announce that the ISRS Certification (formerly Accreditation) program has received unprecedented interest and demand from centres wanting to demonstrate their dedication and proficiency in performing quality radiosurgery. This surge has taken the certification committee by some surprise and we have worked hard to ensure that the necessary contracts, protocols and checklists are prepared to enable a comprehensive and objective audit. Following initial orders for certification we will be performing our first in-person audit before the end of the year. We are really excited with this new initiative and look forward to sharing with you the outcome of this first audit in a future newsletter.
What is the certification process?
The ISRS is committed to raising the level of quality of SRS treatment delivery around the world and promoting the highest levels of clinical expertise. Our Certification Service aims to recognise centres that demonstrate best practice in terms of patient selection, treatment planning, dosimetry and patient care in intracranial SRS.
This service is equally suited to experienced centres or those that are starting to treat for the first time and would benefit from an external audit.
The certification process firstly involves the completion of a pre-visit questionnaire which enables the Certification Team to gain a good understanding of the equipment and practices at the centre. This is then followed up with a two-day visit by an expert physicist who performs a comprehensive audit of the centre in terms of practices, as well as a physical dosimetry audit. Remote support by an expert SRS physician via video conferencing is also provided.
Centres that pass the certification process will be able to use the prestigious ‘ISRS Certified’ certification stamp for a period of three years from the date of award. A streamlined process for re-certification will available.