Registries Reviews

ENCR experts are available to carry out registry reviews through site visits. The fundamental purpose of the structured review is to evaluate a registry's performance, identify strengths and limitations of procedures and outputs, and provide a set of recommendations to the registry, taking into account available resources and other factors.

Registries wishing to be reviewed should send a request to the ENCR Secretariat ( details on the process will then be provided. The review team (usually two people) will be selected by the ENCR Steering Committee and spend two or three days in the registry, interviewing staff and reviewing relevant documents and procedures.

During the review process, the ENCR experts will discuss with the local experts the main activities relevant to cancer registration, including data collection, management, quality control, analysis and dissemination. This may be particularly useful for recently-established registries, or where transitions are underway, for example, where there are legal or organisational obstacles to registration.

A comprehensive review report will be prepared following the site visit and, upon approval by the ENCR Steering Committee, sent to the requesting registry. The report will contain a detailed description of the registration procedures, as shown in the example template report, based on the ENCR Working Group on Structured Reviews of Cancer Registries (2000) document. A brief questionnaire will be sent to the registry prior to the visit to collect background information.

The costs for the structured review, travel, and per diem for the review team will normally have to be covered by the cancer registry.

Past Registry reviews

Cancer registry ENCR Review Team Date of visit
Madrid Childhood Cancer Registry Dr. Otto Visser, Dr. Francesco Cuccaro July 2022
Romanian Childhood Cancer Registry Dr. Otto Visser, Dr. Elizabeth van Eycken December 2021
Cancer Registry in Montenegro Dr. Nadya Dimitrova, Dr. Mario Sekerija April 2019
Cancer Registry in Moldova Dr. Nadya Dimitrova, Dr. Emanuele Crocetti July 2016
Cancer Registry in Moldova Dr. Nadya Dimitrova, Dr. Valentin Babaev 4-8 November 2013
Cancer Registry in Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova Dr. Nadya Dimitrova 6-8 February 2012
North Rhine-Westphalia Epidemiological Cancer Registry, Germany C. Carrigan, S. Siesling, A. Katalinic 25-27 January 2010
Regional Cancer Registry, Bremen, Germany R. Black, V. Pompe-Kirn, E. Démaret 26-27 June 2003
National Cancer Registry, Cork, Ireland I. Izarzugaza, E. Pukkala, E. Démaret 22-23 May 2003
Regional Cancer Registry, Kielce, Poland C. Martínez, I. Plesko, E. Démaret 30-31 January 2003
Paediatric Cancer Registry, Budapest, Hungary R. Otter, E. Steliarová-Foucher, E. Démaret 25-26 July 2002
Regional Cancer Registry, Groningen, the Netherlands (pilot) D. Brewster, E. Pukkala,E. Démaret 11-12 June 2001