American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Chapter 5: Data Quality

About the Standards in Chapter 5

Standard 5.1 addresses Cancer Registrar Credentials. As of January 1, 2015, all case abstracting must be performed by a Certified Tumor Registrar, whether they are employed by the cancer program, work on a contract basis, or through a registry service company.

Standard 5.2 defines Abstracting Timeliness and requires annually that 90% of cases be abstracted within 6 months following the date of first contact with a cancer program. Timeliness of abstracting is to be maintained throughout the 3-year survey cycle.