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Clinical Quality Assurance Group (CQAG)


Quarterly (3x virtual meetings and 1x face-to-face meeting at the RCOG)


  • Thursday 17 March 2022
  • Thursday 30 June 2022
  • Thursday 29 September 2022
  • Thursday 15 December 2022



Key relationships

Reporting mechanism

The Clinical Quality Assurance Group reports to the Clinical Quality Board.


  1. Develop and maintain an overall framework for the quality assurance of all clinical quality products, from topic proposal to final draft stage.
  2. Quality assurance of all CQ products as follows:
    Ensure that the products meet the RCOG quality standard, and that patient safety is paramount. This includes (but is not limited to) the following prescribed QA checks to be undertaken at peer review stage:
    • Conflict/duplication
    • Evidence based
    • Risk and controversy
    • Considerations for publication
    • Patient support groups
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Communication
    • Appropriate stakeholder input/collaboration
  3. Provide sign off for all CQ products via the quality assurance process and authorisation from the Chair of CQAG, referring to CQB as necessary.
  4. Where necessary, provide QA advice to other College Committees and work in other Directorates in relation to Clinical Quality
  5. Ensure that relevant information is shared with the appropriate partners for input where necessary, such as specialist societies, Ethics Committee etc. The Group will have the right to co-opt appropriate advisers for specific pieces of work. 
  6. Provide assurance to CQ Board that the totality of the College’s CQ resource is integrated and coherent
  7. Evaluate the CQAG process and systems at annually.



  • Chair – Vice President, Clinical Quality
  • x3 Representatives from RCOG membership
  • x1 Royal College of Midwives Representative

CQ Committee Representatives:

  • Guidelines Committee
  • Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Patient Information Committee
  • Joint Standing Committee for Patient Safety
  • Women’s Network
  • Trainees’ Committee

RCOG staff representation:

  • Executive Director, External Affairs
  • Executive Director, Education, Quality & Projects
  • Director, Clinical Quality
  • Head of Quality Improvement
  • Patient and Public Involvement Manager
  • Guidance Editorial Manager
  • Business Manager, Education, Quality & Projects

Co-opted membership:

  • Specialist Society Representative
  • Ethics Committee Representative

On an as required basis, the Education and/or Global Health Directorates may be invited to CQAG to:

  • ensure linking up/avoidance of duplication
  • share information/review process and systems collaboratively


Please send all correspondence to the committee secretary.