In 2021, the ICCR is celebrating its 10th anniversary. From an initial informal collaboration in 2011 among the Australasian (RCPA), US (CAP) and UK (RCPath) Colleges of Pathology and the Canadian Association of Pathologists–Association Canadienne des Pathologists (CAP-ACP), in association with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), the ICCR has grown to become a not-for-profit corporation with 18 sponsoring members in 2021. The ICCR has reached an important milestone this year with the publication of datasets for the top 15 solid tumours worldwide, with over 50 datasets published to date. In addition to the datasets posted to the website, the ICCR has published more than 40 academic articles related to the ICCR datasets or work of the ICCR in peer-reviewed journals. The ICCR thanks the global pathology and oncology communities for their tremendous support over the past ten years. An Editorial to mark this achievement titled ‘The International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR): a decade of progress towards global pathology standardisation and data interoperability’ has been published in Histopathology
in November 2021.
Carcinoma of the vagina (1st edition)
The following ICCR Female Reproductive Organs datasets are now published:
Carcinoma of the vulva (1st edition)
Uterine malignant and potentially malignant mesenchymal tumours (1st edition)
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (1st edition)
Ovary, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal site carcinoma (2nd edition)
Endometrial cancer (4th edition)
Carcinoma of the cervix (4th edition)
The ICCR extends their thanks and appreciation to the Series Champion, Chairs, and members of the Dataset Authoring Committees.
To access the Female Reproductive Organs datasets, please click here
Seven manuscripts are being developed by the dataset authors for peer review publication.
ICCR welcomes the Chinese Society of Pathology as a new sustaining member of ICCR.
Professor Zhiyong Liang, President of the Chinese Society of Pathology, has joined the ICCR Board of Directors, and Associate Professor Lianghong Teng is the Chinese Society of Pathology representative on the ICCR Dataset Steering Committee.
The contribution and input from Chinese Society of Pathology is warmly welcomed.
ICCR welcomes the Russian Society of Oncopathology (RSOP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR.
The president of the RSOP, Dr Vyacheslav Grinevich, has joined the ICCR Board of Directors, and Dr Natalia Kokosadze is representing the RSOP on the ICCR Dataset Steering Committee.
The contribution and input from the RSOP is warmly welcomed by the ICCR.
Invasive carcinoma of the breast
Three new ICCR Breast datasets have been published:
Ductal carcinoma in situ, variants of lobular carcinoma in situ and low grade lesions
Surgically removed lymph nodes for breast tumours
We would like to thank the Series Champion, our Chairs, and members of the Dataset Authoring Committees for all their expert input into these datasets.
To access the Breast datasets, please click here
Public consultation for the 'Invasive carcinoma of the breast in the setting of neoadjuvant therapy' dataset will commence in the final quarter of 2021.
Three manuscripts will be developed by the dataset authors for peer review publication.
Primary Tumour in Bone - Biopsy specimens
A suite of ICCR Bone and Soft Tissue datasets have recently been published. The six datasets have been developed for:
Primary Tumour in Bone - Resection specimens
Soft Tissue Sarcoma - Biopsy specimens
Soft Tissue Sarcoma - Resection specimens
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) - Biopsy specimens
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) - Resection specimens
The ICCR wishes to thank the Series Champion, Chairs, and members of the Dataset Authoring Committees for all of their time and expertise.
To access the Bone and Soft Tissue datasets, please click here
Three manuscripts are currently in development by the dataset authors for peer review publication.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Thoracic Tumours
, 5th Edition, Volume 5, has been published.
This latest edition guided the WHO Classification of Tumours Editorial Board will be used to inform updates to four existing ICCR datasets in 2021.
The WHO Blue Books are international standards for anyone involved in the care of patients with cancer or in cancer research, underpinning individual patient treatment as well as research into all aspects of cancer causation, prevention, therapy, and education.
Dr Puay Hoon Tan presented on the ICCR Breast datasets at the European Society of Pathology webinar held on 4th March 2021. Dr Puay Hoon Tan of Singapore is the Series Champion for the ICCR suite of Breast datasets. The Breast Pathology session was moderated by the Co-chair of the ICCR Surgically removed lymph nodes for breast tumours dataset, Dr Gabor Cserni of Hungary.
ICCR welcomes the French Society of Pathology (SFP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR.
Professor Jean-François Fléjou will be representing the SFP on the Dataset Steering Committee. The SFP brings together pathologists from across France to promote pathological anatomy and cytology in all its aspects.
The contribution and input from the SFP is warmly welcomed by the ICCR.
ICCR welcomes the Italian Society of Pathological Anatomy and Cytology (SIAPEC) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR.
Professor Anna Sapino is joining the Board of Directors and Dr Gabriella Nesi the Dataset Steering Committee.
SIAPEC promotes the advancement of knowledge and the development of diagnostic technologies in the field of anatomy and pathological histology and diagnostic cytology, through the development of guidelines and scientific and professional education. It promotes the regional and national coordination and development of operational units of histology and cytopathology across Italy.
The contribution and input from SIAPEC is warmly welcomed.
The ICCR Annual report for 2020
has been released. The latest report highlights the expansion and achievements of the ICCR, with 13 member organisations now on board as well as the building of many strategic alliances. Implementation and translation of the ICCR datasets remains a future focus.
Five new ICCR Digestive tract datasets have been published.
The datasets have been developed for:
Carcinoma of the oesophagus
Endoscopic resection of the oesophagus and oesophagogastric junction
Carcinoma of the stomach
Endoscopic resection of the stomach
Intrahepatic, perihilar cholangiocarcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma (2nd edition)
This marks the completion of the ICCR Digestive tract suite of datasets. Thank you to the Chairs and members of the Dataset Authoring Committees, along with our Series Champions. To access the Digestive tract datasets, please click here
See the publication page
for a copy of the ICCR dataset papers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Female Genital Tumours
, fifth edition, volume 4, has recently been published.
This latest edition in the WHO Series of Blue Books will be incorporated into the development of four new datasets as well as updates to three existing female reproductive datasets by the ICCR.
The WHO Blue Books are the international standards for anyone involved in the care of patients or in cancer research.
This latest edition in the WHO Series of Blue Books will be incorporated into the six new Soft Tissue and Bone datasets currently in development by the ICCR.
The WHO Blue Books are the international standards for pathologists, oncologists, surgeons, and epidemiologists who manage or research soft tissue and bone tumours. Since the previous edition, there have been changes based on recent molecular and genetic information, with impact on clinical practice.
Three new ICCR Gastrointestinal datasets have been published.
The datasets have been developed for:
Carcinoma of the Exocrine Pancreas
Colorectal Excisional Biopsy (Polypectomy
A huge thank you to the Chairs and members of the Dataset Authoring Committees, along with our Series Champions. To access the Gastrointestinal datasets, please click here
In addition, three associated manuscripts have been published.
See the publication page
for a copy of ICCR dataset papers.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the sudden passing of Dr David Grignon in January 2020. Dr Grignon was a passionate supporter of the work of the ICCR, leading the development of a suite of urinary tract datasets to improve the care and outcomes of patients diagnosed with these cancers. He chaired a large team of experts from across the world to develop four global datasets and had the energy and passion to co-author four associated journal publications.
Dr Grignon worked tirelessly to advance the field of urological pathology and improve cancer patient outcomes across the world. He collaborated extensively with many major pathology and oncology organisations, including ISUP of which he was a recent past President, to advance our understanding of urological tumours. He gave up his time so generously to travel and present at numerous invited meetings, lectures and courses over the years, right up until the end of 2019.
His very generous and thoughtful contributions will be missed across the cancer pathology world for years to come. As one of the ICCR committee members said “He was a great colleague, friend and giant in the field of genitourinary pathology. It is a huge loss to our community. He touched us all.” To everyone that worked with him he was a true gentleman.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Dr Grignon on the ICCR pathology datasets. The ICCR extends our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. His friendship and leadership will be sorely missed by many.
The 3rd edition of the ICCR Carcinoma of the Cervix dataset has been published. This most recent update incorporates the 2018 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) with amendments as per the Corrigendum to "Revised FIGO staging for carcinoma of the cervix uteri
" [Int J Gynecol Obstet 145(2019) 129-135].(2019) Int J Gynaecol Obstet 147(2):279-280.
To access the Carcinoma of the Cervix dataset, please click here
ICCR welcomes the Japanese Society of Pathology (JSP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR.
JSP marked its 100th anniversary in 2011. The society’s mission is to improve medical science, medical practice and human welfare, through promotion of scientific and medical aspects of pathology. JSP manages and certifies in anatomic pathology and promotes quality management, further education and training in Pathology after the certification process.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Breast Tumours
, fifth edition, volume 2, was published in December 2019.
This latest edition is the driver for the new Breast datasets currently in development by the ICCR and four expert committees.
The WHO Blue Books are the international standards for anyone involved in the care of patients with breast cancer or in breast cancer research.
The ICCR Annual report for 2019
has been released. The report highlights the growing achievements of the ICCR as well as recent initiatives, particularly focussing on implementation of the ICCR datasets, new collaborations and increasing membership.
Carcinoma of the Adrenal Cortex
A suite of ICCR Endocrine datasets has been published. The four Endocrine datasets have been developed for:
Phaeochromocytoma and Paraganglioma
Parathyroid Carcinoma & Atypical Parathyroid Neoplasm
Carcinoma of the Thyroid.
Thank you to all of the Dataset Authoring Committee members and those who took time to provide feedback during the public consultation period.
To access the Endocrine datasets, please click here.
In addition, four manuscripts have been published. See the publication page
for a copy of the papers.
The ICCR Merkel Cell Carcinoma dataset has been published.
This marks the completion of the ICCR Skin suite of datasets.
Thank you to everyone involved and those who took time to provide feedback during the public consultation period.
To access the Merkel Cell Carcinoma dataset, please click here
The second edition of the ICCR Invasive melanoma dataset is now published.
Thank you to those who took the time to feed back on the dataset during the public consultation period!
To access the updated Invasive melanoma 2nd edition dataset, please click here
If you would like to review the Invasive melanoma 2nd edition Open Consultation feedback and response to the feedback, please click on the following link which will take you to the main page on the website where you can access the Open Consultation feedback excel document. http://www.iccr-cancer.org/datasets/feedback.
ICCR is pleased to announce that the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) has endorsed the use of the ICCR pathology datasets for cancer reporting. This follows a period of consultation with its membership and Board of Directors. The ICCR looks forward to a continued close relationship with the IACR in the future.
At the recent 2019 European Congress of Pathology (ECP) in Nice, ICCR President, Dr John Srigley, took the opportunity to formally thank Professor Fred Bosman for his pivotal role in the formation of the ICCR.
It was in 2012 when Mike Wells (Royal College of Pathologists Vice President and European Society of Pathology (ESP) President)) organised for the then ICCR Chair, David Ellis to present the case for ICCR to the ESP Executive at the ECP meeting in Prague. This was a transformational moment as Fred, who was sitting in the audience, instantly saw the fundamental nexus between the ICCR and IARC. As a Series IV Editor for the Blue Books and Past President of the ESP he was central to providing the early essential links between the IARC Blue Books and the ICCR processes, and laying the groundwork for the excellent relationship ICCR has with IARC today.
With the incorporation of ICCR as a not for profit organisation in 2014, Fred served as a Foundational ICCR Board Director representing the ESP and provided valuable knowledge and wisdom in between his trips to teach in Nepal. Fred was also able to play an important role as the ICCR representative on the Union for International Cancer Control's (UICC) TNM Core Group Committee at the annual meeting in Geneva.
Fred served as Director, representing the ESP, on the ICCR Board until recently stepping down. Without his assistance and tireless efforts, the ICCR would not be where it is today. His very thoughtful and professional contribution will be missed.
ICCR welcomes the Austrian Society of Pathology and Austrian Division of the International Academy of Pathology (ÖGPath/IAP Austria) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. Professor Gerald Hoefler is joining the Board of Directors and Professor Sigurd Lax the Dataset Steering Committee. ÖGPath/IAP Austria promotes quality management, quality assurance, science and further education and training in Pathology. The contribution and input from ÖGPath/IAP Austria is warmly welcomed.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Digestive System Tumours
, fifth edition, volume 1, has now been published at the WHO Bookshop
This latest edition is the driver for the new Digestive tract suite of datasets currently being developed which includes datasets for Pancreas, Oesophagus, Stomach, Colorectal and Colorectal excisional biopsy (Polpectomy).
This series (also known as the WHO Blue Books) is regarded as the gold standard for the diagnosis of tumours and comprises a unique synthesis of histopathological diagnosis with digital and molecular pathology.
ICCR welcomes The Hong Kong College of Pathologists as a new sustaining member of ICCR.
The Hong Kong College of Pathologists was formed in October 1990, inaugurated in October 1991 and is a member college in the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
The Hong Kong College of Pathologists act as a body for the purpose of consultation in matters of educational or public interest concerning pathology, oversees the training and accreditation of pathologists in Hong Kong and is responsible for setting standards and monitoring pathology training.
Professor Annie Nga-Yin Cheung is Chairman, Credentials and Appeals Committee, and past president of The Hong Kong College of Pathologists and is joining the ICCR Board of Directors and Dr Siu-ming Mak will be the The Hong Kong College of Pathologists representative on the Dataset Steering Committee.
ICCR warmly welcomes 2 new Members, the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) and the German Society of Pathology (DGP). We welcome the contribution and input from the Directors and organisations.
Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP)
ICCR welcomes the Brazilian Society of Pathology (SBP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. SBP was founded on August 5, 1954 with the aim to promote the union of specialists in Pathology, through the technical and scientific improvement and the integration among medical pathologists.
Dr Leite is President-Elect of the SBP and is joining the ICCR Board of Directors and Dr Fabio Tavora will be the SBP representative on the Dataset Steering Committee.
German Society of Pathology (DGP)
ICCR welcomes the German Society of Pathology (DGP) as a new sustaining member of the ICCR. The Chairman of the German Society of Pathology Professor Peter Schirmacher is joining the ICCR Board of Directors. The DGP was founded in 1897 and promotes medical concerns to assist in research and fight disease. The Society organises conferences and provides information on the latest findings from theory and practice of pathology
The ICCR Annual report for 2018
has recently been released. The report highlights the many achievements of the ICCR in 2018 as well as recent initiatives and collaborations.
Nine new ICCR Head and Neck datasets have been published.
Carcinomas of the Oral Cavity
The published datasets are:
Carcinomas of the Hypopharynx, Larynx and Trachea
Carcinomas of the Nasopharynx and Oropharynx
Carcinomas of the Major Salivary Glands
Carcinomas of the Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinuses
Ear and Temporal Bone Tumours
Malignant Odontogenic Tumours
Mucosal Melanomas of the Head and Neck
Nodal Excisions and Neck Dissection Specimens for Head and Neck Tumours
To access the Head & Neck datasets, please click here
In addition, nine manuscripts have been published in Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
, a monthly peer-reviewed journal of the College of American Pathologists. See the publication page
for a copy of the papers.
An ICCR Dataset for Tumours of the Central Nervous System (CNS) has been published.
The dataset is split into three sections:
a. Histological assessment of CNS specimens
b. Molecular information for CNS specimens
c. Final integrated report/diagnosis for CNS specimens
To access the Tumours of the CNS dataset, please click here
In addition, a manuscript has been published in relation to this dataset. See the publication page
for a copy of the paper.
Carcinoma of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter - Nephroureterectomy and Ureterectomy Specimen
Four ICCR Datasets for the Urinary Tract have been published. This marks the completion of the ICCR Genitourinary suite of datasets.
The published Urinary Tract datasets are:
Carcinoma of the Bladder - Cystectomy, Cystoprostatectomy and Diverticulectomy Specimen
Carcinoma of the Urethra - Urethrectomy Specimen
Urinary Tract Carcinoma
- Biopsy and Transurethral Resection Specimen
To access the Urinary Tract datasets, please click here
In addition, four manuscripts have been published in relation to these datasets. See the publication page
for a copy of the papers.
ICCR welcomes the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Pathology (RCPI, FoP) as a new sustaining member.
Dr Ann Treacy will be the RCPI, FoP representative on the Dataset Steering Committee and Professor Kieran Sheahan, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Faculty of Pathology, is joining the Board of Directors. RCPI, FoP was established in 1982 and is the professional and training body for Pathology in Ireland. The contribution of the RCPI, FoP is warmly welcomed.