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How to Become CoC Accredited

The Commission on Cancer (CoC)  is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary accreditation program. By working with its national partners and member organizations, the CoC has developed comprehensive, patient-centered standards for all accredited cancer programs. Cancer programs are evaluated and surveyed according to these standards to demonstrate compliance to earn accreditation.

More than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs across the United States and Puerto Rico treat nearly 70 percent of recently diagnosed cancer patients each year. We encourage your cancer program to become part of this important network of accredited cancer programs dedicated and committed to delivering high-quality cancer care!

To facilitate the initial accreditation process, several valuable online tools and resources are provided below. 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 and review the Steps Toward Achieving Accreditation summary sheet that gives a high-level overview of the steps necessary for accreditation. 
  • Eligibility for CoC Accreditation Program
  • Cancer programs working towards their first accreditation survey must be compliant with requirements for all standards outlined in Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care, V1.2.1.  Please note that new programs undergoing survey for initial accreditation will be exempt from nine (9) standards. These 9 standards are: S4.3 – S4.5 in Chapter 4 “Patient Outcomes” and S5.2 - S5.7 in Chapter 5 “Data Quality”. Please see the standards manual for further details.
  • New cancer programs preparing for their first survey OR programs looking to be re-accredited may benefit from utilizing a CoC-trained consultant. The consultant would provide a presurvey consultative visit to fully evaluate the current status of the cancer program, provisional ratings of compliance with each standard, and help define areas for improvement prior to an initial CoC survey.   
  • Is your cancer program ready to move forward with the CoC-accreditation process? Refer to the fee structure and complete the Application for CoC-Accreditation.

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