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The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is pleased to announce that its new accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards), are now available for download.

Download Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards)

Download a change log documenting edits made to Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards) since its original release.

A crosswalk comparing the 2016 standards to the 2020 standards is available for download.

Pending deficiencies on a 2016 standard will be resolved by compliance toward the Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards). Download guidance for resolving a deficiency on a 2016 standard.

Chapters 1 and 2: Institutional Administrative Commitment and Program Scope and Governance Video | Slides

Chapter 3: Facilities and Equipment Resources Video | Slides

Chapter 4: Personnel and Services Resources Video | Slides

Chapter 5: Patient Care: Expectations and Protocols Video | Slides

Chapter 6: Data Surveillance and Systems Video | Slides

Chapter 7: Quality Improvement Video | Slides

Chapter 8: Education: Professional and Community Outreach Video | Slides

Chapter 9: Research Video | Slides

Questions Regarding Optimal Resources for Cancer Care (2020 Standards)

CAnswer Forum is an interactive, virtual bulletin board for constituents to ask questions and search topics and is designed as an open forum for networking and discussion of the accreditation standards, cancer data collection and cancer staging, and other relevant topics. Users must complete a one-time registration where they will create a user name and password to access the forum.

A new section has been created in the CAnswer Forum to support the 2020 standards. Please post all questions related to the 2020 standards in the CAnswer Forum so that others may benefit.

Educational Opportunities


  • ACS Cancer Programs Conference: Quality Cancer Care in Motion April 23–24, 2021—Denver, CO

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