The government of China has embarked on an expansive programme of development in cancer control with a three-year action plan, 2015–2017. Included within the plan is the goal to standardize cancer registration through the National Cancer Registry Office to reach an overall coverage of 30% of the population.
The NCCR brings together a network of population-based cancer registries, providing overall guidance, training, and leadership for research. After its implementation within the China National Cancer Centre in 2002, the NCCR increased the number of population-based cancer registries from 54 in 2008 to 574 in 2018, resulting in an estimated population coverage of 438 million, covered about 31.5% of the national population in China.
The China IARC GICR Collaborating Center will focus on educational training to build capacity in cancer registration and a joint research programme leading to the publication of scientific reports and articles in key international journals.