MASCC to Recognize Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

MASCC to Recognize Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer

February 2019

This month, MASCC initiates a certification program to recognize oncology centers that demonstrate best practices in supportive cancer care. Such Centers will be designated by MASCC as Centers of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer. The purpose of this initiative is to promote and recognize cancer care centers around the world that are successfully integrating oncology and supportive services. Such centers will be recognized for upholding high standards and providing comprehensive services in supportive cancer care. MASCC’s certification program aims both to educate and to encourage a supportive care focus among oncology healthcare professionals. 

Any cancer center or department may apply for MASCC certification and there is no fee to do so. Each application will be reviewed by MASCC’s Certification Program Committee, which in turn will make recommendations to MASCC’s Executive Committee for a final decision. Certification criteria include a supportive care focus in clinical activities, research, and educational initiatives, as well as adherence to international guidelines.

MASCC certification as a Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer includes the following benefits:

  1. Use of the MASCC logo on marketing and advertising related to the center or program
  2. Use of the title “A MASCC-Designated Center of Excellence in Supportive Care in Cancer” 

Certification is valid for three years, after which the center must apply for re-evaluation. 

The Certification Program Committee will be chaired by Carla Ida Ripamonti, MD, who played an important role in the development of this initiative. She is a MASCC Board Member, President of the Italian Network of Supportive Care in Cancer (NICSO), and Head of the Supportive Care in Cancer Unit at the Fondazione IRCCS, Instituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, Italy. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For information and an application, see Policies and Forms on the MASCC website or contact the MASCC Office