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Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery volumes 1 and 2The 2020 Commission on Cancer (CoC) accreditation standards, Optimal Resources for Cancer Care, include six new operative standards. Standards 5.3 through 5.8 were developed from standards described in Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volumes I & II (OSCS).

The OSCS manuals provide concrete recommendations for the technical conduct of surgical operations, based on the best-available evidence. Incorporation of the OSCS recommendations as CoC accreditation standards is a step toward improving oncologic outcomes.

The full implementation plan for Standards 5.3 through 5.8 is detailed on the Operative Standards Implementation page.


Options for Synoptic Operative Reporting for Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards 5.3-5.6 (2/19/21)

What Registrars, Pathologists and Surgeons Need to Know about the CoC Operative Standards (12/3/20)

CoC and CSSP Provide Update on Synoptic Operative Reporting Tools (8/20/20)

American College of Surgeons Launches Cancer Surgery Standards Program (7/20/20)

Update on Implementation of CoC Operative Standards (5/11/20)

Commission on Cancer Operative Standards Update (3/10/20)

Update on Resources for Implementation of the CoC Operative Standards for Accreditation (1/9/2020)

Online Education

Videos, Podcasts, & Visual Abstracts

Introduction to the Operative Standards Video

CoC Standard 5.8: Requirements & Best Practices

SurgOnc Today® podcast series Operative Standards | Standard 5.7 | Standard 5.8

Visual Abstracts: Standard 5.7 | Standard 5.8\

Webinars and Past Events

Implementation Strategies for Synoptic Operative Reporting Webinar | Slides

CSSP Webinar on Standard 5.7 Webinar | Slides | Summary & FAQ

CSSP Webinar on Standard 5.8 Webinar | Slides | Summary & FAQ

Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery: Standards 5.3–5.8 Webinar (CME credits available) 

New CoC Surgical Standards—Can You Meet the 2020 Standards? (Slides from CoC Plenary held October 27, 2019)

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Free download of relevant pages from Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery Volumes I & II

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