APEx establishes standards of performance derived from white papers and consensus practice guidance for radiation oncology and evidence indicators relating to the performance of radiation oncology practice.
ASTRO evaluates radiation oncology practices (ROPs), focusing on quality and safety of radiation oncology services, with an objective peer review. It offers transparent, measurable, evidence- and consensus-based standards that emphasize a commitment to safety and quality.
Radiation oncology practices accredited by ASTRO will have the systems, personnel, policies and procedures in place to meet APEx standards for high-quality patient care. They will have:
Applicants must also meet applicable state and federal licensure and certification requirements, including those of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as requirements of professional practice organizations. The ASTRO standards identify systematic quality and safety approaches that build on the regulatory framework to add value for practitioners and health care purchasers.