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Amendments to JAG certification criteria
20 April 2020

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This article was published on Monday 20 April 2020.

We would like to make you aware of an amendment we have made to existing criteria regarding certification. We hope this will support trainees and address the regional variation we are seeing between endoscopy services across the UK in light of COVID-19.

Certification extension

From 20 April 2020, the criteria to have completed 15 procedures in the last ​3 months will be extended to 15 procedures in the ​6 months prior to applying for certification. Furthermore, the procedure KPIs will be calculated from ​6 months data rather than ​3 months data. Finally, the window for submission of all four summative Direct Observation of Procedure Skills (DOPS) forms will be extended from ​1 to ​3 months. These timelines will be kept under review.

JAG certification requirements are informed by the evidence base available to guide the criteria for each procedure. This is key to ensuring high quality endoscopy and therefore maintaining patient safety. To reflect this and to ensure consistency, all other certification criteria are not being altered.

Training courses

We are aware that a number of training courses run by the JAG approved training centres in the upcoming months have been cancelled or postponed. We want to let you know that we will be working with training centres to support them to offer basic skills training courses as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

Find out more about training pathways and criteria available at If you have any queries please contact

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