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

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!



  • Download the current version of Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care
  • Establish a cancer registry reference date, collect one year of data, and conduct one year of patient follow-up
  • Form a cancer committee, establish a schedule, and set documentation requirements
  • Conduct an internal assessment to demonstrate compliance with the standards





  • Receive notification of site visit date
  • Receive accreditation fee invoice
  • Surveyor conducts on-site review and submits report to the CoC for processing
  • Receive survey results/performance report within 45 days of on-site visit
  • Submit data to the National Cancer Database