As part of the national program, BreastScreen Victoria's services are monitored to ensure they comply with the National Accreditation Standards.

These were developed by an expert committee within the national program, and describe the minimum standards and requirements for services. They are based on research evidence and experience in breast cancer screening in Australia and overseas. The National Accreditation Standards help to ensure that the goals of reduced morbidity and mortality are achieved, services are provided in a way that is acceptable to women, and the national program remains cost-effective.

Accreditation standards have been developed for each of the following service objectives:

  • participation and access
  • acceptable and appropriate services
  • effective management

Although the National Accreditation Standards set minimum standards, these are seen as a starting point and it is expected that most services will perform considerably above the requirements.