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!

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 (2016 Edition).

Download our single-page summary Steps Toward Achieving Accreditation, which provides a high-level overview of the steps necessary for accreditation. 

Review 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 (2016 Edition). 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.

Ready to move forward with the accreditation process? Refer to the fee structure and complete the Application for CoC Accreditation.

Sign the electronic ACS Business Associate and Data Use Agreement (BA/DUA). This BA/DUA covers all American College of Surgeons quality improvement program customers.

Once accredited, new programs will comply with Call for Data requirement as outlined by the National Cancer Database (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

Returning to CoC Accreditation

A cancer program that receives a Non-Accreditation as a result of a survey, Accreditation Discontinued for not resolving deficiencies after survey, or voluntarily withdraws from CoC Accreditation is eligible to reapply for accreditation one complete year from the date of either the date of non-accreditation/discontinuation or date of withdrawal.

During that year's time, a cancer program must demonstrate compliance with the most current CoC standards. After one year, the program may then reapply for initial accreditation. Your cancer program will be evaluated and surveyed as a new program.

As your cancer program works toward reaccreditation, please refer to the above Tools and Resources. We look forward to working with you and your cancer program throughout the accreditation process.