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

2020 CoC Standards Implementation Timelines

With a few exceptions, programs are expected to implement the Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards) beginning January 1, 2020.

Standard 4.2: Oncology Nursing Credentials

Standard 4.2 will be phased-in for 2021. Programs will be expected to comply with Standard 4.2 beginning January 1, 2021.

Resources to support implementation:

Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program

Standard 4.8 will be phased-in for 2021. Programs will be expected to comply with Standard 4.8 beginning January 1, 2021.

Surgical Standards (Standards 5.3-5.8)

Standards 5.3 through 5.8 will also be phased in. We are currently developing resources to support implementation of these standards. Therefore, they will not be rated during 2021 site visits. More information will be released on the implementation timeline as soon as it is available.

Resources including relevant excerpts from the Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery and an introductory webinar are now available.

Standard 9.2: Commission on Cancer Special Studies

At this time, there are no studies planned in 2020 for Standard 9.2: Commission on Cancer Special Studies.

Information for Future Site Visits

Year of Site Visit

Years of Activity Reviewed at Site Visit

Standards Applicable to Site Visit

2020

2017, 2018, 2019

Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care (2016 Edition)

2021

2020

Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards)

2022

2020, 2021

Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards)

2023

2020, 2021, 2022

Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards)