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2020 CoC Standards Information

2020 Commission on Cancer Standards coverThe 2020 Commission on Cancer (CoC) Standards are coming soon! This is a one-stop shop for information and resources related to the forthcoming 2020 CoC Standards.

The 2020 CoC standards are currently going through the publication process. Anticipated release of the 2020 CoC Standards is in early November 2019, with implementation in January 2020.

Keep an eye on your email, the CoC Brief, and this website for updates and information on next steps!

September 24, 2019

Commission on Cancer Survivorship Standard

The CoC is pleased to release the final language of the new survivorship standard, which will be included in the forthcoming 2020 CoC standards manual. The revised standard, Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program, focuses on the development of a survivorship program to ensure that the needs of a cancer survivor are being met.

Download the 2020 CoC Survivorship Standard: Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program

Development and Implementation of Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program

Standard 4.8 is the result of extensive review, with input from our member organizations, CoC surveyors, meetings hosted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Policy Forum, the National Cancer Institute, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, and feedback submitted during the May 2019 public comment period.

The CoC is proud of the attention that the original Standard 3.3: Survivorship Care Plan brought to the rapidly evolving field of survivorship as well as the increased focus of our accredited programs on the needs of cancer survivors. We realize that the requirement to deliver survivorship care plans (SCP) presented significant challenges to our accredited programs.

The new Standard 4.8 builds on the value of SCPs and encourages their continued use. Notably, the delivery of SCPs can be used for partial compliance with the new standard. The new standard allows cancer programs to determine what services will best meet the needs of their patients. 

Standard 4.8 will be a phase-in standard, which will provide time to develop a survivorship program and to determine the necessary services.  Programs will not be required to demonstrate compliance until January 1, 2021.

Current and Future Deficiencies in Standard 3.3: Survivorship Care Plan

Acknowledging the survivorship standard’s shift in focus, programs that receive(d) a deficiency in Standard 3.3 at the time of survey will be able to choose how to resolve it. Programs with current deficiencies in Standard 3.3 or those that receive one during a 2020 survey will be able to resolve the deficiency by either:

  • Developing an action plan toward compliance with the 2016 survivorship standard, Standard 3.3: Survivorship Care Plan
  • Developing an action plan toward compliance with the 2020 survivorship standard, Standard 4.8: Survivorship Program