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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.


ACS Synoptic Operative Report Templates Now Available for CoC-Accredited Facility Designated Contacts (4/15/21)

ACS API Focus Group Announcement (4/8/21)

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)

Additional Resources

Operative Standards Toolkit (Educational materials on the CoC Operative Standards organized by topic)

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines for registrars to identify eligible cases Standard 5.7 | Standard 5.8

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

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