Ann Surg Treat Res.  2021 Mar;100(3):154-165. 10.4174/astr.2021.100.3.154.

Guidelines for accreditation of endoscopy units: quality measures from the Korean Society of Coloproctology

  • 1The Colonoscopy Committee, The Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP), Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Surgery, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic¬†University of Korea, Seoul, Korea


Colonoscopy is an effective method of screening for colorectal cancer (CRC), and it can prevent CRC by detection and removal of precancerous lesions. The most important considerations when performing colonoscopy screening are the safety and satisfaction of the patient and the diagnostic accuracy. Accordingly, the Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) herein proposes an optimal level of standard performance to be used in endoscopy units and by individual colonoscopists for screening colonoscopy. These guidelines establish specific criteria for assessment of safety and quality in screening colonoscopy.
The Colonoscopy Committee of the KSCP commissioned this Position Statement. Expert gastrointestinal surgeons representing the KSCP reviewed the published evidence to identify acceptable quality indicators and indicators that lacked sufficient evidence.
The KSCP recommends an optimal standard list for quality control of screening colonoscopy in the following 6 categories: training and competency of the colonoscopist, procedural quality, facilities and equipment, performance indicators and auditable outcomes, disinfection of equipment, and sedation and recovery of the patient.
The KSCP recommends that endoscopy units performing CRC screening evaluate 6 key performance measures during daily practice.


Colonoscopy; Colorectal neoplasms; Early detection of cancer; Health care quality assurance; Quality improvement
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