What is BenchCanben

BenchCan is an 2nd Health Programme funded project, which contributes to objective 2 of the Health Programme of the European Union “Promote health”, including the reduction of health inequalities & contributes to implementation of priority 3.2.4 “prevention of major and rare diseases”. It also addresses the basic principles of ‘Together for Health’; complements EPAAC WPs (healthcare and cancer data & information); and wi l l inform Pillar B (Care and cure) of the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Platform for Active and Healthy Ageing.

BenchCan's objectives

The general objective of BENCH-CAN is to benchmark comprehensive cancer care & yield best practice examples in a way that contributes to improving the quality of interdisciplinary patient treatment.
To achieve this, the project addresses 6 specific objectives:

  • To collect, compare and align by consensus formation the standards, recommendations and accreditation criteria of comprehensive cancer care in selected European countries.
  • To review and refine a benchmarking tool that can be applied to comprehensive cancer care through interdisciplinary patient treatment.
  • To pilot the benchmark tool with particular attention to operations management and best clinical practice.
  • To maximise knowledge exchange and sharing of best practice between providers of comprehensive cancer care in member states and regions.
  • To ensure compatibility of the benchmarking tools with existing cancer care resources and services.
  • To ensure the sustainability and longer-term benefits of the project.

ECPC's role

As the largest cancer patients' organisation in Europe, ECPC has been invited to oversee the BenchCan work, providing horizontal support to the project, ensuring that the patients' perspective is overall respected by the project.


BenchCan official website.