The certification program of the German Cancer Society was developed to improve cancer care in Germany and offer 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. These centres are requested to demonstrate annually that they meet the technical and medical requirements for the treatment of a tumor disease and also have an established Quality Management System. Quality requirements are summarised in questionnaires by defining quality indicators, which are developed in interdisciplinary committees and regularly updated. Medical guidelines play an important role in defining quality standards.

The quality of the centres is annually recorded and published in benchmarking reports. In addition, colon cancer centres 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.

More information is provided by an interview with the Head of the Certification Department Mrs. Simone Wesselmann, MD.

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, such as benchmarking reports and other publications you will find here.

Important notice: These translations are for your convenience only; in case of any discrepancy or divergence of interpretation, the German text shall prevail.

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