The Commission on Cancer has released the latest version of its accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards). This republication was released in February 2024. Updates reflected in this version are effective as of January 1, 2023.
The Standards Changelog provides an overview of the revisions and updates made to Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards). Please note, this document is not a substitute for reading the CoC standards in their entirety.
In most cases, programs have been required to implement the 2020 Standards as of January 1, 2020. The 2020 Standards were last updated in February 2024. More information on implementation timelines for specific standards may be found here.
The 2020 Standards include six new operative standards. Standards 5.3 through 5.8 were developed from standards described in Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volumes I & II (OSCS).
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