Requirements for Governance Structures of Cancer Centres which will comply with OECI Standards
Cancer centres are designed to bring together leading clinical expertise across all major cancer types with translational cancer research and education, thus accelerating adoption of novel therapies and enrolment in clinical trials. Most fundamental is the centre’s multidisciplinary character, and its governance as an identifiable entity, often within a larger structure. Standalone cancer centres – founded to treat cancer patients and perform cancer-focused research - generally have a more simple corporate structure. Increasingly, cancer centres and comprehensive cancer centres are being developed within University Hospitals treating all health conditions, and with their partner Universities pursuing all forms of health research. It is in particular to help define effective governance structures in University Hospitals that this Guidance Note is written, in order to fulfil OECI Standards.