Towards quality, comprehensiveness and excellence:

One effort, two benefits!

E-tool OECI is now open for applications Manual 3.0

September 30, 2019 

OECI has revised the set of standards for the OECI Accreditation & Designation Programme, following a rigorous evidence-led process, and this has resulted in what we believe are the world's leading quality standards for cancer centres. As from 1st October 2019 OECI offers centres the possibility to apply for the Programme using the new Standards (Manual 3.0 revision 2019), although applications using Manual 2.


Change of fee to participate in A&D programme

July 16, 2019 

During the OECI General Assembly on the 21st of June the OECI members have agreed to change the fee to participate in the OECI A&D programme. The change of fee is applicable for all applications from the 1st of January 2020. The new fee will be € 45.000. 


Certification based on revised standards (Manual 3.0)

July 16, 2019 

The OECI A&D programme is in the process of revising the standards. They have been discussed with member centres during the OECI Oncology Days in Bari (19-21 June 2019) and are currently finalised. As per October 2019 centres can apply for an accreditation based upon Manual 3.0. From that moment, it will be possible chose the set of standards for which centres wish to be accredited. From the 1st of January 2020 centres can only apply for certifications based upon the new set of standards (Manual 3.0).


OECI Leadership of the quality workpackage of the Joint Action on Rare Cancers

April 30, 2019 

OECI is leading workpackage 5 (WP5) of the EU Joint Action on Rare Cancers (JARC) on Quality Assurance.  One of the central pillars of the JARC is the support for the three cancer European Reference Networks (ERNs), EURACAN for adult solid cancers, Eurobloodnet for rare haematological malignancies, and PaedCan for childhood cancers. A related objective is to spur the creation or consolidation by Member States of new national networks of centres diagnosing and treating rare cancers.


New auditors for the OECI Accreditation and Designation Programme

April 30, 2019 

The OECI Accreditation & Designation (A&D) Programme aims to help European cancer centres implement a quality system for oncology, and provide cancer patients in Europe with equal access to high quality cancer care, backed up by excellent training and translational research.

As part of the A&D programme a multidisciplinary team of professionals in oncology (nursing, medical, quality, research) visits cancer centres for a peer review.


A&D Programme Standards Revision - Experts meeting in Brussels on the 10th of April 2019

April 30, 2019 

As an essential part of the long process of the 5-year major revision of the OECI Quality Standards, OECI held an experts meeting in Brussels on 10thApril.  About 40 people were present, representing the OECI Board and Accreditation and Designation (A&D) Board and Accreditation Committee, our OECI Working Group Chairs, a selection of 8 OECI auditors, the 4 IKNL co-ordinators, and representatives from other significant European Cancer Societies.


New A&D e-tool OECI

July 18, 2018 

Since the start of the Accreditation & Designation Programme OECI has made use of a webbased e-tool, in which centres fill out the self assessment questionnaires in preparation of the peer review visit. In February 2018 the A&D Board has agreed to implement a new interface for the e-tool, which has mainly the same features as the old one. Also, it provides options for better communication with the centres and the audit team within the programme. The e-tool is built and maintained by the same developer, Compusense.


Registration for the 2018 training for OECI auditors and audit chairs is open - apply before 15 July

July 04, 2018 

Performing a peer review visit as an OECI auditor is a learning experience in your own professional life

in the fight against cancer in your own Centre, as well as a crucial part of ensuring quality improvement

in the applicant Cancer Centre.

You get the chance to examine all aspects of the Cancer Centre, how it is organised at the management

level as well as at the clinical and laboratory levels for all disciplines: nurses, physicians, researchers,

pathologists, management etc.


A milestone for the OECI A&D journey: the ISQua Accreditation

October 23, 2017 

The OECI received the award for its Second Edition of the OECI standards from the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

The accreditation programme of the ISQua provides assurance that the standards used by OECI to survey the performance of health care organizations meet the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities. ISQua’s mission is to inspire, promote and support continuous improvement in the safety and quality of health care worldwide. I


New OECI A&D Website

October 18, 2017 

Welcome to the new OECI website for the Accreditation & Designation Working Group, which is fully incorporated into the renewed OECI website. On this website you will find all relevant information about the OECI A&D Programme, such as the standards, the process and method, how it is governed and also on how to apply for the programme.


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