CPQR is a leader in quality improvement initiatives
for radiation treatment.


High quality and safe radiation treatment is our priority


Our work will improve the cancer experience for Canadians



About the CPQR

Highlights and News

  • Get the Summer 2020 issue of our NSIR-RT Bulletin for part two of incident reporting: importance, challenges and opportunities and our case study on error reporting in a time of pandemic.
  • CPQR is excited to announce the release of a Quality Assurance Guidelines for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs self-audit tool. This tool has been designed to help you measure local compliance against version 4 of the document which includes NEW progressive indicator measures and key quality indicators on staffing levels and palliative peer review.
  • CPQR is excited to welcome Young Lee as the COMP representative to the Steering Committee.
  • As an initial step to understanding how to address barriers to access, CPQR conducted a pan-Canadian study to calculate and describe radiotherapy utilization rates by province. See the results here.
  • CPQR is excited to announce the release of self-audit tools for 2 of our guidance documents Patient Engagement Guidance for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs and Patient Education Guidance for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs. These tools have been designed to help you to measure local compliance against the indicators and statements contained within these documents and access best practices and resources to support local improvements. Patient Education Guidance (EN/FR) Patient Engagement Guidance (EN/FR)
  • CPQR is committed to supporting radiation treatment programs that are looking to track clinical deviations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have developed a case report form with suggested data elements for centres to use or adapt depending on their needs.  Click here for more information and to download a copy of the form for local use
  • CPQR has released the newest addition to its suite of guideline and guidance documents titled “Patient Education Guidance for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs.” This document provides guidance on activities radiation treatment programs can incorporate to ensure that patients and family members are adequately and appropriately educated in their care

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:

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.

Welcome to our new CPQR Steering Committee member, MerryLee McGuffin. Learn more about MerryLee and her work!