The ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care accreditation programme was initiated in 2003, in which cancer centres can receive special recognition for achieving a high standard of integration of medical oncology and palliative care.
Cancer centres which provide comprehensive services in supportive and palliative care as part of their routine care can apply to receive the ESMO recognition. The ESMO designation is valid for three years and the centres can reapply.
Any oncology department or cancer centre can apply, from anywhere in the world. To be eligible what matters are the quality and the extent of the integration of services.
The criteria for accreditation is based on recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the provision of palliative care for patients with cancer.
The centres receiving the certification will be entitled to:
- Use the subtitle ‘ESMO Designated Centre in the Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care’
- Use the ESMO logo in accordance to the ESMO Logo Policy (marketing/advertising related to the centre itself. No advertising of specific events)
- Be eligible to receive fellows in palliative medicine supported by ESMO grants
- The ESMO designation is valid for three years and the centres can reapply.
This year, the deadline for applications is 15 April 2014. Find out more on the ESMO website.