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Commission on Cancer 2020 Operative Standards

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.

Standards 5.3 through 5.8 are phased-in standards; compliance is not expected in 2020, and CoC-accredited institutions will not be rated during 2021 site visits. 


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

CoC Operative Standards Overview Webinar

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Synoptic Reporting Resources and Templates—To be released 2020

Resources for registrars and pathologists—To be released 2020