About the CPQR
Highlights and News
- CPQR has developed a self-audit tool help you measure your program’s compliance with the new PET-CT TQC. Complete the audit to receive instant results. Use the feedback to help implement changes to improve your program’s compliance.
- Our newest and highly anticipated guidance document entitled, Guidance on the use of common nomenclature in Canadian radiation treatment programs is now available!
This document provides direction on harmonizing nomenclature across programs, provinces, and regions. Standardized nomenclature will help build the foundation for implementing pan-Canadian collection and analysis of clinical and radiation treatment plans, with the goal of improving quality performance and patient outcomes.
- CPQR is excited to announce the release of the newest TQC guideline – Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography (PET-CT)! This guideline details performance objectives and safety criteria and complements the other guidelines in the TQC series.
- CAPCA and CPQR are pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2021, CPQR will become a standing committee within CAPCA. CAPCA’s new Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy Committee will serve as a pan-Canadian radiation treatment network hub and provide direct stewardship of programmatic quality guidance and national radiation treatment incident reporting. CPQR membership will continue to be multi-disciplinary, pan-Canadian and will bring forth the patient perspective. Details will be communicated in the coming months
- Check out the Winter 2021 Issue of our NSIR-RT Bulletin to learn more about the Importance of confirming patient identification during procedural changes
(the COVID-19 issue).
- CPQR is very excited to release a suite of self-audit tools for our TQC suite of guidelines. These tools allow programs to evaluate their compliance.
Our Activities and Beyond
CPQR successfully achieved all key deliverables set forth in its 2010 and 2012 project plans. Moving forward it has developed a plan that capitalizes on the momentum created in these programs while continually striving to raise the bar on quality, safety and system performance initiatives in Canada.
Our new programs focus on:
- Equitable access to radiation treatment across Canada;
- Measure variability in radiation treatment plans by providing guidance on standardizing common nomenclature; and
- Patient reported outcomes to guide clinical care and pan-Canadian performance improvement.
CPQR continues to support its existing programs, encouraging uptake and utilization across the country.
Our Steering Committee
The success of CPQR can be derived in part from the strong initial and sustained engagement of the radiation treatment community, through partnership with the professions involved in radiation treatment planning and delivery: the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO), the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP) and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).
Recognizing that much of the work undertaken by CPQR requires support and input from provincial cancer agencies, CPQR also includes representation from the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. Two patient representatives are also included to ensure that CPQR programs, and strategic priorities address the needs of patients and their families.
Full membership information is available in the About Us page of our website.