COVID-19

This page is regularly updated with information about JAG's programmes, as well as external guidance produced by other organisations in response to COVID-19.

Page last updated on Monday 6 April 2020.

COVID-19 guidance

Endoscopy service provision: please see the BSG website

Personal protective equipment (PPE): please see the BSG website

Decontamination of endoscopies guidance: please see the ESGE (note general comment 4)

Further guidance

British Society of Gastroenterology: COVID-19 advice

Public Health England: List of COVID-19 guidance

Health Protection Scotland: List of COVID-19 guidance

Public Health Wales: Latest information on COVID-19

Public Health Agency Northern Ireland: COVID-19 guidance

Health Service Executive Republic of Ireland: COVID-19 guidance

Royal College of Physicians: COVID-19 guidance

JAG programmes

JAG accreditation  JAG is not undertaking accreditation assessments up to 30 June 2020. Services which are unable to have an assessment, or which are unable to maintain their waiting times due to the impact of COVID-19, will maintain accreditation. Accredited services are still asked to complete their annual review, but will be given extra time if this is required. The April GRS census has been cancelled, however services can complete this independently if they would like to. In the event that the endoscopy department is used for inpatient overflow, we refer you to this guidance.

JAG accreditation training days – available accreditation training days are listed on the JAG website. It is likely that these will be suspended until 30 June 2020.

Bowel cancer screener accreditation assessments  assessment centres should make the decision locally whether assessments go ahead as planned. This needs to be considered in agreement with assessors and candidates.

Training courses at JAG approved training centres  the decision whether a training course will go ahead should be made at training centre level based on local guidance. Delegates should contact training centres as soon as is possible if they are unable to attend a scheduled course.

This news article also contains further information about JAG programmes.


Frequently asked questions


We have not been able to maintain the JAG standards due to COVID-19, for example not undertaking the correct meetings or maintaining gender segregation due to reduced capacity. Will this affect my JAG accreditation?

JAG accreditation will not be affected in services that are temporarily unable to meet the JAG standards due to COVID-19. Services should ensure that the standards are met as best as is possible, undertaking a risk assessment where necessary and ensuring that quality and safety is maintained.


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