The International Society of Radiology (ISR) as a leading global radiology organization is committed to improvements in quality care, patient safety and appropriate use of radiology. It recognizes radiology resources and issues differ between regions and settings and so are the solutions.
In 2013, the Society established an International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety (ICRQS) after the International Radiology Quality Network (IRQN) joined the Society. The ICRQS is responsible for the radiological quality and safety matters on behalf of the ISR. This structure streamlines the quality efforts from the radiology community from an international perspective.
The Society has limited resources of its own but can readily access the expertise from its 80+ national and regional member organizations. Informed by the evolving trends, the ISR aims to deliver a unified message on behalf of the radiology community, avoid duplication of existing efforts from members and identify value-adding opportunities.
The Commission’s initial efforts focus on the strengthening of communication with members and stakeholders. Working Groups of Experts were formed and “Quality News” was created on a trial basis as multidisciplinary stakeholder engagement platforms.
The ISR is an NGO in official relations with the UN agencies, e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Health Organization (WHO) in relation to the medical use of radiation. In May 2015, the ISR collaborated with the WHO, 4 WHO Member States and 8 NGOs in a side event during the 2015 World Health Assembly (WHA) focusing on patient safety in paediatric radiology.
The International Society of Radiology looks forward to strengthening ties and collaborating with stakeholders in actions to improve the access to and more appropriate use of radiology worldwide.
Dr. Jim Borgstede
International Society of Radiology
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Chair, International Commission on Radiological Quality and Safety