Policy & Procedure Manual

Every registry should develop and maintain a policy and procedure manual that documents each phase of cancer registry operations. This manual promotes smooth operation of the registry and serves as a training reference for new staff. A complete and current procedure manual can help registry staff identify changes in the profession. Table B contains a list of items that should be included in a registry's policy and procedure manual.

In addition to a a policy and procedure manual, computerized registries must also maintain an operations manual that addresses the items listed in Table C.

The cancer committee or registry's governing body should be involved with the development of the policy and procedure manual. Once developed it should be reviewed and revised at least once a year. The procedure manual must be updated as procedures change to maintain current documentation.