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The aim of EQuiP is to contribute to the achievement of high levels of quality and safety of care for patients in general practice in all European countries.

EQuiP will endeavour to achieve this by offering a structure for collaboration and exchange of expertise and methodology and by initiating projects on development and evaluation with regard to Quality Improvement (QI) and Quality Management and Development, which will be used here as the most comprehensive definition.

Quality and safety development for general practice is a continuous process of planned activities based on performance review and setting of explicit targets for good clinical practice with the aim of improving the actual quality of patient care.

This understanding of Quality Development focuses on a critical look at the actual performance of general practitioners and their practices rather than on competence alone.

The members of EQuiP assume that this Quality Development should be the responsibility of the medical profession.

Members of EQuiP base their work on quality improvement and patient safety being;

  • A professional responsibility
  • A process
  • Covering all aspects of patient care
  • An integrated part of medical education
  • A routine part of daily practice
  • Patient centred
  • Enhancing the appropriate use of medical services
  • Acknowledging the specific strategies of Family Medicine/General Practice
  • Making decisions explicit
  • No punitive

The Fifth EQuiP President

Piet Vanden Bussche has been chosen as the new EQuiP president.

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Born in 1961 as the first son of a quality controlling engeneer.


General Practitioner since 1985, working in a multidisciplinary group practice in Lichtervelde (semi-urban village in the western of Flanders).


In 1997 participant at the Equip Summer School Maastricht.
1999-2006: President of Flemish Parliament of General Practicioners.

2006-2008: President of the College of Flemish General Practitioners (Domus Medica).


Member of the Council on Quality Promotion of the Belgium National Institute for Health and Disability insurance (NIHDI). Since 2008 part-time lecturer on quality of care and chronic care in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Ghent University (Belgium).


Since 2008 EQuiP member, as Belgian representative and coordinator of the Equip Teaching Quality Project. Special interest in translating quality into day to day practice management, seamless care, teaching quality and equitable care


Co-author of the book “Dokteren met kwaliteit” (Quality in medicine)


The Five Presidents of EQuiP

  • 1990-2002: Prof. Richard Grol, Professor of Quality Assurance at Nijmegen University (Netherlands)
  • 2002-2005: Prof. Joachim Szecsenyi, Professor of Quality Assurance at Heidelberg (Germany)
  • 2005-2006: Prof. Martin Marshall, UK. However, six months after taking up his presidency he resigned as he accepted a post as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the NHS
  • 2006-2007: Prof. Joachim Szecsenyi, Heidleberg, Germany, agreed to be reinstated as President
  • 2007-2014: Tina Eriksson, Danish College of General Practice, Copenhagen
  • 2015-2018: Piet Vanden Bussche, the College of Flemish General Practitioners (Domus Medica), Ghent (Belgium).

The Interactice Story of EQuiP

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European Institute for Health Records

World Health Organisation

World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA)

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