The CoC Accreditation Committee recently approved a motion to remove the current Standard exemption for all CoC-accredited National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Programs (NCIPs).
Beginning on January 1, 2016, all NCIPs will be required to meet compliance criteria for Palliative Care, Standard 2.4. This change will be published in the next version of the Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care manual. NCIPs surveyed in 2016 will not be rated on this standard but will be evaluated for compliance in 2017. See more at the American College of Surgeons.