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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)

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.

The CoC hosted a high-level introductory webinar on the 2020 Standards in November 2019. Links to the webinar recording and slides are available below.

CoC Overview 2020 Standards Webinar Recording

CoC Overview 2020 Standards Webinar PowerPoint

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


Online Education

  • Online series with tips for each standard—To be released early 2020
  • CAnswer Forum LIVE 2020—Six webinars beginning in February 2020

National Meeting Presentations

  • National Cancer Registrars Association—Rescheduled: September 20–23, 2020, Lake Buena Vista, FL