Duke University Hospital’s NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Program recently earned a three-year accreditation rating, with commendation, from the Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Every three years, the cancer programs are judged by as many as 34 quality care standards. They must meet or exceed all applicable standards (in Duke’s case, 24 standards) in order to earn voluntary CoC accreditation. Follow the link from Duke Cancer Institute for more details.
Site accreditation is part of an intensifying trend for the improvement of quality, safety and productivity as research sites compete for not only commercial sponsor contracts, but also at times in a race to monetize valuable IP from bench to bedside.