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CLP Appointment Process

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) is an integral and required member of a CoC-accredited cancer program’s cancer committee.

The CLP:

  • Is selected and appointed by the cancer committee.
  • Can be a physician of any specialty who is an active member of the medical staff.
  • Fulfills the role of physician quality leader of the cancer committee.
  • Serves as the alternate for the cancer committee chair and oversees cancer committee meetings if the chair is not in attendance.

It is permissible for the CLP to also serve as the cancer committee chair, but it is encouraged that the CLP role and the chair role be filled by two individuals.

Before selecting a CLP, it is important to review information about the duties and expectations of the role and ensure that the individual selected is willing and able to fulfill the role as defined.

Steps to Appointing a CLP

Appointing a CLP

  1. Log into CoC Datalinks.
  2. Go under Manage Staff Contact.
  3. Under the Pending Contacts section select Add Contact.
  4. Enter the CLP's name and contact information in this window.
  5. Click the Save button. The new information will be sent directly to the Cancer Liaison Program for processing. An appointment letter will be sent to the CLP with their CoC Datalinks login information.

Removing a Former CLP

  1. Log into CoC Datalinks.
  2. Go under Manage Staff Contact.
  3. Click on the former CLP’s name to expand his or her record.
  4. Click the Remove button. A box will open asking if you want to remove this contact. Select OK.


If you have any difficulty with this process, please e-mail

Please note: If your accredited facility does not have a CLP in place, you are in jeopardy of being in noncompliance with CoC accreditation standards. It is important that an appointment is made as soon as possible and that an individual is designated as the CLP in CoC Datalinks. If a CLP is not appointed for your facility and recorded in CoC Datalinks, the CoC recommends that the Cancer Committee Chair be listed as the interim CLP until an official appointment is made.