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2016 Standards and Resources

2016 CoC Standards Manual

The Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition) encompasses the requirements cancer programs must meet to earn and maintain CoC accreditation.

The 2016 standards will be used to measure 2017, 2018, and 2019 cancer program activity during 2020 site visits. However, as of January 1, 2020, all programs should be implementing and following the revised Commission on Cancer standards as outlined in Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards).

Download the 2016 CoC Standards Manual

2019 Surveys: Important Changes to CoC Standards for Accreditation

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The Commission on Cancer is pleased to provide this complimentary copy of Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 edition) for your individual use. Please understand, however, that this information is the copyrighted property of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Any use of this material outside of its original format or context requires permission from the Commission on Cancer.


Questions regarding the standards presented in Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 edition) should be submitted to the CAnswer Forum Bulletin Board System. Please reference this publication when submitting your question.