Call for Data

Call for Data

Information for the NAACCR Call for Data

Due Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Each year, NAACCR has a Call for Data for its certification process and to produce a new set of Cancer in North America (CiNA) data products.

The NAACCR Data Use and Research and the Data Evaluation and Certification Committees invite you to submit incident cancer cases from your registry for the years 1995 through 2017 to be used for cancer statistics, surveillance, and research projects and activities. All data must be submitted using the NAACCR Record Layout Version 18.

In addition NAACCR is requesting that registries also include 2018 cases in their submission file. The 2018 cases will be used for evaluation purposes only and will not impact inclusion in CiNA or Certification.

All variables must conform to NAACCR standard definitions and codes, as described in Volume II, Version 18 of the NAACCR Standards for Cancer Registries: Data Standards and Data Dictionary.

For any Call for Data questions or concerns, please contact Recinda Sherman. To keep up-to-date with any changes or additions to the website, please join the Call For Data Listserv by contacting Tricia Kulmacz.

Call for Data Instructional Webinar

Call For Data Due Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

*The date of latest update is listed below

Supplemental Information

Please note that NAACCR Prep may fail if it encounters certain non-printable/special characters in your data file. If that happens, please contact Recinda Sherman . She will provide you with a SAS program that will replace non-printable/special characters with spaces.

*The date of latest update is listed below


      • NAACCR Prep12/5/2019 update corrected how County at DX-Analysis is calculated. Note: This version was uploaded after CFD was due. Using the older version did not impact certification—the correction was made on the file on the submission side. 11/25/2019 update addressed to handle the infrequent case in which a patient has more than one tumor and one or more tumors is missing a sequence number.

Configuration Files


Note: if you do not wish to add the additional tract-level, derived Area Based Social Measures, please contact Recinda Sherman for special configuration file.



File*Pro can be used to view and manage large cancer data files formatted according to the NAACCR Data Standards (Volume II). It can also be configured to be used with any data stored in a fixed column or CSV file format. For use with the Call for Data process, File*Pro can convert NAACCR*Prep output back to a flat file, it can sort a flat file by patient ID in preparation for NAACCR*Prep, and it can calculate the standard derived fields (survival, NHAPIIA, poverty, etc).

SAS Programs

The SAS programs listed below are included in NAACCRPrep. They have been posted to give central registry software developers the option to incorporate these programs into their software. If your software does not include these programs, please run your file through NAACCRprep prior to submission.


Here are the 2018 CFD “Calculate Survival Time In Months” and “Create Cause Specific And Other Death Classification” SAS programs.  The programs can be run together, one after another (order doesn’t matter), or independently.  If run together, they should use the same cutoff setting. Note: links below take you to the most updated programs available for download on the SEER website.

The next NAACCR Call for Data Submission will open Fall 2020. The CFD due date is will be announced Fall 2020.


We have developed a single site where you can login using MyNAACCR username/password and submit your CFD file, complete your electronic submission forms, and post your signed Data Assurance Agreement and consent forms. (You can verify if you have a MyNAACCR account here. If you have a new account or are unable to access, please contact Recinda Sherman.)


Also, please log-in to the portal to access your Data Assessment Reports and update information in the CaRRI database.

For an overview of the data visualization tool for your Data Assessment Reports, please review this 20 min tutorial:


You will need to download Tableau Reader (free software) in order to use the Data Visualization Tool. Available here

The deadline for submission for diagnosis year 2018 will be announced Fall 2020.

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