The certification program of the German Cancer Society was developed to improve cancer care in Germany and offers patients a treatment that is based on high quality standards at every stage of their disease.
Certified cancer centres form the basis of this approach: The centres are requested to demonstrate annually that they meet the technical and medical requirements for the treatment of a tumour disease and also have an established Quality Management System. Quality requirements are summarised in questionnaires (catalogues of requirements) by defining quality indicators, which are developed in interdisciplinary committees and are regularly updated. Medical guidelines (“S3-guidelines”) play an important role in defining these quality standards.
The quality of the centres is annually recorded and published in benchmarking reports. In addition, every centre can commission an individualised annual report, which shows their own results in comparison to other certified centres. With this benchmarking approach, they can constantly improve their own quality.
The entire certification system and thus the audits are organised by OnkoZert, an institution specialised in medical certification.
A presentation on certification and healthcare structures in oncology will give you an overview of the certification system.
You will find translated documents, especially different catalogues of requirements, here.
More information in German language is available here.
NEW: Certification "European Cancer Centres"
As from summer 2016, for cancer centres outside Germany it will be possible to be certified as an “European Cancer Centre”. Read more here.