Accreditation, Certification and Awards

Accreditation, Certification and Awards

OECI – At the top of European Oncology

The IOV is accredited by the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) – the network that groups the most important centers of research and treatment of tumors on the continent – with the designation of “Comprehensive Cancer Center”. Accreditation was obtained for the first time in 2015, for the Padua venue only, and renewed on March 26, 2021, expiring March 26, 2026, for all IOV venues.

“Comprehensive Cancer Center” is the highest recognition given by OECI: it means that the IOV meets the highest standards – 63, divided into 272 requirements – developed at European level in the areas of care and assistance, scientific research and innovation, prevention and academic and post-graduate training. Particularly rewarded are the innovative character and the variety of treatments, offered according to a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the needs of the patient and his family, developing a tailor-made therapeutic plan, starting from the latest developments in cancer research carried out internally and in collaboration with universities and other scientific partners.

ISO 9001-2015

The IOV is certified ISO 9001-2015 Quality Management System (exclusively for the Padua and Schiavonia venues).

All procedures related to production, control and management support processes are subject to internal verification by the Accreditation and IRCCS Recognition Office and external verification by the ISO certification body inspectors.

All the results of the evaluation and revision of process management and improvement project development are subject to annual review by the General Management.

ESMO – People, even before cancer patients

IOV is accredited as a “Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology & Palliative Care” by the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). In 2021, the ESMO certification was renewed until 2024.

The basis of the ESMO certification is the belief that a patient is – and should feel like – the same person as before they became ill. It is for this reason that a project of global patient care is built around each patient, aimed at seeking the best quality of life for the patient and his/her loved ones. The latter is a very subjective concept because it involves physical, spiritual, psychological and social needs. To ensure a good quality of life, the IOV has established simultaneous care pathways that, in addition to the oncologist, involve palliative doctors, nutritionists and psycho-oncologists in a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach.

Moreover, the information center of the Italian Association of Cancer Patients (AIMAC), the Osteo-oncology clinic, hospital-territory coordination protocols and, above all, the electronic medical record, which allows attending physicians to quickly share information on the patient, are available in the Institute.

ONDA – A woman-friendly hospital

Again in 2021, the IOV received for the seventh consecutive time three pink stamps, the highest recognition of a woman friendly hospital, from the National Observatory on Women’s Health (ONDa). ONDa monitors and rewards Italian hospitals that offer services dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the main female diseases and that pay particular attention to the specific needs of women (

In this context, the IOV stands out in the national panorama for the attention paid to clinical-scientific research and the presence of clinical specialties dedicated to the main medical conditions that affect women; for the appropriateness of the diagnostic-therapeutic pathways, intended as a guarantee of a clinical approach to the specific pathology in relation to the needs and psycho-physical characteristics of the woman; for patient reception services and the protection of a woman’s dignity. The three stamps are valid for 2022 and 2023.

Last modified: 02/12/2021 11:52

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