Registry Operations Guidelines

Procedure Guidelines for Cancer Registries

Data Item Consolidation Manual

The Data Item Consolidation Manual includes a list of applicable logical rules in a proposed order of application, usually ending with a step to review manually if the prior steps do not result in a single value. Central registries can use the documentation to assess their current practices and consider changes to their systems. It is expected that each registry will make its own decision about the applicability of the rules to their registry based on the purpose, philosophy, operational approach, and available resources. The DIWG tried to limit the data items included in the initial document to those data items required by all standard setters.

Death Clearance Manual

The Death Clearance Manual is effective January 1, 2015 for deaths occurring in 2013. This manual takes precedence over any previously published death clearance document. It contains minimum requirements that all registries must complete for the death clearance process. Best practices are provided for each minimum requirement. Registries may choose to do more, but may not do less. This manual is a comprehensive compilation of death clearance process instructions intended to provide all necessary information under one cover to successfully conduct death clearance.  

Registration Standards


Many useful tools for registry operations can be found on the Data Analysis Tools page.