This quality standard covers the investigation and recognition of suspected cancer, and referral to specialist cancer services for adults, young people and children. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

In December 2017, the source guidance and definitions for statement 3 were amended to reflect the NICE diagnostics guidance on quantitative faecal immunochemical tests to guide referral for colorectal cancer in primary care.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.