American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Seeking Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation. The CoC is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary accreditation program. By working with our national partners, the CoC has developed comprehensive, patient-centered standards for cancer programs. Your cancer program will be evaluated against these standards to demonstrate compliance and your commitment to providing high-quality cancer care.

More than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. treat nearly 70 percent of recently diagnosed U.S. cancer patients annually. We encourage your cancer program to become part of this important network of accredited cancer programs dedicated to delivering high-quality cancer care!

Tools and Resources

To facilitate the accreditation process, we have provided several valuable online tools and resources. We look forward to working with you and your cancer program throughout the accreditation process.

  • Download your complimentary copy of the Cancer Program Standards Version 1.2.1: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care.
  • Download our single-page summary Steps Toward Achieving Accreditation, which provides a high-level overview of the steps necessary for accreditation. 
  • Download our Eligibility for CoC Accreditation Program checklist.
  • Cancer programs seeking initial accreditation must be compliant with requirements for all standards outlined in Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, V1.2.1. Programs undergoing survey for initial accreditation will be exempt from nine (9) standards. These nine  standards are: S4.3–S4.5 in the Patient Outcomes Chapter and S5.2–S5.7 in the Data Quality Chapter. Please refer to the standards manual for further details.
  • Cancer programs seeking initial accreditation may elect to undergo a presurvey consultative visit to fully evaluate the cancer program, rate compliance with each standard, and define areas for improvement prior to an initial CoC survey.   Cancer programs seeking initial accreditation can choose to utilize a CoC-Trained Consultant.
  • Ready to move forward with the accreditation process? Refer to the fee structure and complete the Application for CoC Accreditation.
  • Once accredited, new programs will comply with Call for Data requirement as outlined by the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and include all analytic cases for any diagnosis years beginning with your Reference Date. Please review our data submission information for specific instructions.

Still have questions? After reviewing the resources above, we invite you to contact Karen Stachon.