For clinicians – the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard

Information for clinicians about the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.

What do clinicians need to know?

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard includes nine quality statements and four indicators.

Read the quality statements, or download the clinician fact sheet (1 page) or the full Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard (33 pages).

Credentialing, certification and re-certification of colonoscopists

Certification (of training) and recertification (of ongoing competency) in adult colonoscopy are now mandatory for all practitioners working in health service organisations being assessed to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition). Download the following fact sheet for information for clinicians on certification and re-certification. 

Informed consent for colonoscopy

Quality statement 3 in the clinical care standard states that a patient should receive adequate information and provide informed consent before starting bowel preparation. Find out what informed consent means for colonoscopists. 

Templates for referral, reporting and follow-up letters

Templates have been developed to assist clinicians to draft referral, reporting and follow-up letters.

  • 2020
    Template, survey or form

    A referral template for clinicians when referring patients for consideration for a colonoscopy. The template outlines relevant required information to support decision-making as described in Quality Statement 1 of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.

  • 2019
    Template, survey or form

    A colonoscopy report template suitable for use when reporting the results of a patient's colonoscopy to patients, referring GPs and other clinicians.

  • 2019
    Template, survey or form

    This resource provides guidance on the information a specialist should provide in the follow-up letter to a GP (and patient) when reporting a patient's colonoscopy results.

What indicators are used for quality improvement?

A set of indicators has been developed to assist with local implementation of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.  These indicators align with the performance indicators for certification and recertification developed by the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), and can be used for quality assurance.

Find out more on the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standards Indicators page.

Webinars for health professionals

The Commission has conducted a number of webinars to promote the use of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard and highlight resources developed by the Commission to help with implementation. Find out more about the webinars.

User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation in Health Care

The Commission has developed a NSQHS Standards User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation in Health Care to support health service organisations implement Action 1.28 of the NSQHS Standards. The user guide explains how health services can work with their clinicians and use data to improve the appropriateness of clinical care. It describes six key steps for implementing Action 1.28, includes practical case studies and provides a wide range of resources to support health services review clinical variation. 

How was the clinical care standard developed?

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary expert Topic Working Group including clinicians and consumers. It has been endorsed by 10 key professional organisations and colleges including the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).

Other resources


  • 2018
    Poster or graphic

    A poster listing the nine evidence-based quality statements for safe and appropriate colonoscopy, from the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.

  • 2021
    Poster or graphic

    More than 50% of bowel cancer cases are due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors. The Commission has developed this bowel cancer prevention poster which identifies actions that consumers can take to reduce their risk of bowel cancer and polyps.

Resources for consumers

Consumer video – what you need to know before you have a colonoscopy

Interview with Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan, gastroenterologist

Resources for Assessors

Assessor video – what you need to know about the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard


Additional resources

More information

If you have any questions about the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard please email