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NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROGRAM FOR BREAST CENTERS

NAPBC Standards and Resources

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is pleased to announce the release of its new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024 Standards). The standards are now available for download.

In an effort to provide the highest level of service and communication to NAPBC-accredited programs, the standards are first being released as an early-access preview while the official publication document is being finalized for copyediting, design, and layout. The early-access preview contains up-to-date standards requirements and compliance measures.

Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024 Standards) features extensive revisions focused on the patient care journey from screening and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, with an emphasis on providing value-based care with multidisciplinary support.

The 2024 Standards Crosswalk offers a high-level overview of the new standards alignment, and the compliance measures found in Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024 Standards). Please note, this document is not a substitute for reading the new NAPBC standards in their entirety.

Please submit all questions related to Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024 Standards) on the ACS CAnswer Forum.

Implementation Date

All NAPBC-accredited programs are required to come into compliance with the new standards no later than January 1, 2024. The NAPBC will continue providing guidance and education regarding the new standards and future site visits throughout the 2023 calendar year.

Site Visits

Compliance requirements for NAPBC site visits will follow the information provided in the tables below. The tables reference the year of a scheduled or anticipated site visit, the year(s) of compliance data that will be reviewed during that site visit, and the standards version against which compliance will be measured.

Please reference the correct table for Renewal Sites undergoing a reaccreditation site visit, and Initial Sites undergoing their first NAPBC site visit.

Renewal Sites

Initial Sites

Renewal Sites must follow the compliance requirements outlined in the table above.

*Initial Sites undergoing their first accreditation site visit in 2024 have the option of choosing which version of the standards they will be measured against to confirm compliance. This choice is at the discretion of the individual program. It is recommended that Initial Sites choose to demonstrate compliance with the 2024 Standards. However, if the Initial Site has been preparing for their initial site visit using the 2018 Standards, they will be allowed to demonstrate compliance at their initial site visit under the 2018 standards. All Initial Sites are responsible for implementing the new 2024 Standards by the compliance date of January 1, 2024.

Upcoming Educational Events

Introductory Webinar

2024 NAPBC Standards: An Introduction to Compliance

The NAPBC recently presented a live webinar to provide a high-level overview of the new NAPBC standards, including accreditation requirements, compliance measures, and implementation timelines.

Please use the following link to view the webinar recording.

Please use the following link to view the webinar slides.

ACS Cancer Conference
March 1–4, 2023
Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

ACS Cancer Programs is excited to announce the formation of a multi-day, in-person, educational conference catering to a wide range of specialties. The vision for the conference goes beyond accreditation standards and will include all entities within ACS Cancer Programs. The ACS Cancer Conference will feature a full day of programming centered around the new NAPBC standards, Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024 Standards).

Additional information, including registration information, will be available in the coming weeks.

Questions about ACS Cancer Conference? Please email your inquiry to cancerprogramsevents@facs.org.

NAPBC Standards: 2018

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The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Standards Manual, 2018 Edition remains in effect as the sole measure of compliance for NAPBC Accreditation until January 1, 2024. NAPBC-accredited programs must continue to document compliance with the 2018 Standards for any upcoming site visits. Please see the tables above for more information on site visit timelines and effective compliance measures.

The 2018 NAPBC standards are maintained here for the duration of the transition to the new NAPBC standards, Optimal Resources for Breast Care (2024).

Please submit all questions regarding the 2018 NAPBC standards to the ACS CAnswer Forum.

2018 NAPBC Standards

NAPBC Clarifications, Reminders, and Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?

If you have questions about the new NAPBC standards, please utilize the NAPBC-dedicated section of the CAnswer Forum for the NAPBC Standards (2024). Users can post to individual standards topics on which they may have questions. Please allow time for questions to be collected and subsequently answered.