Certification Levels

NAACCR Gold Certification

Gold Certification

Cancer registries that meet the Gold Standard for Registry Certification have achieved the highest NAACCR standard for complete, accurate, and timely data to calculate standard incidence statistics for the year reviewed. The assessment is repeated annually and the recognition only pertains to a single year of data. To achieve Gold Certification, the data from a cancer registry must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Case ascertainment has achieved 95% or higher completeness.
  • A death certificate is the only source for identification of fewer than 3% of reported cancer cases.
  • Fewer than 0.1% duplicate case reports are in the file.
  • All data variables used to create incidence statistics by cancer type, sex, race, age, and county are 100% error-free.
  • Less than 2% of the case reports in the file are missing meaningful information on age, sex, and county.
  • Less than 3% of the cases in the file are missing meaningful information on race (US only).
  • The file is submitted to NAACCR for evaluation within 23 months of the close of the diagnosis year under review.

NAACCR Silver Certification

Silver Certification

Cancer registries that meet the Silver Standard for Registry Certification have achieved a high standard for complete, accurate, and timely data for calculating standard incidence statistics for the year reviewed. The assessment is repeated annually and the recognition only pertains to a single year of data. To achieve Silver Certification, the data from a registry must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Case ascertainment has achieved 90% or higher completeness.
  • A death certificate is the only source for identification of fewer than 5% of reported cancer cases.
  • Fewer than 0.2% duplicate case reports are in the file.
  • All data variables used to create incidence statistics by cancer type, sex, race, age, and county are 97% error-free.
  • Less than 3% of the case reports in the file are missing meaningful information on age, sex, and county.
  • Less than 5% of the cases in the file are missing meaningful information on race (US only).
  • The file is submitted to NAACCR for evaluation within 23 months of the close of the diagnosis year under review.