This website is maintained by the Finnish Advisory Committee for Clinical Audit, set by the National Institute for Health and Welfare. This Advisory Committee has previously (2004-2009) been established by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.
The purpose of this site is twofold:
- To provide information on the international development of Clinical audits in those connections where the Advisory Committee is either directly involved or acts as a supporting organization.
- To provide information on the activities of the Advisory Committee for the development of Clinical audits in Finland.
The concept of Clinical Audit was introduced by the European Commission Directive 97/43/Euratom (so called MED directive), 30 June 1997, on health protection of individuals against the dangers of ionizing radiation in relation to medical exposure, and repealing Directive 84/466/Euratom.
For the purpose of the directive, Clinical audit was defined in the MED directive as follows:
Clinical audit: a systematic examination or review of medical radiological procedures which seeks to improve the quality and the outcome of patient care through structured review whereby radiological practices, procedures and results are examined against agreed standards for good medical radiological procedures, with modification of practices where indicated and the application of new standards if necessary.
Article 6, item 4 of the MED directive gives the following requirement:
Clinical audits shall be carried out in accordance with national procedures