The APEx Program utilizes standards of performance and evidence indicators derived from white papers and consensus guidance for radiation oncology, including Safety is No Accident and AAPM Task Group Reports. APEx Standards identify systematic quality and safety approaches that build on regulatory framework, including those from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to add value for practitioners and patients.
The APEx process provides a transparent, measurable, evidence- and consensus-based review of compliance with standards that emphasize a radiation oncology practice’s (ROPs) commitment to safety and quality. ROPs start with an internal self-assessment, allowing facility staff the opportunity to measure their current practice against APEx Standards prior to the facility visit. Once this is completed and ROPs have met the compliance requirements, the practice then proceeds to the facility visit. Through an objective peer review (facility visit), radiation oncology professionals (APEx Surveyors) evaluate an ROPs quality and safety based on evidenced compliance with the APEx Standards.
ROPs accredited by APEx will have the systems, personnel, policies and procedures in place to demonstrate dedication to high-quality patient care, a respect for protecting the rights of patients and being responsive to patient needs and concerns.