CanScreen-ECIS : Strengthening Cancer Screening data collection to update European Cancer Information System and improve quality and coverage of cancer screening programmes in Europe

Work Programme : EU4Health

Type of Action : EU4H-PJG EU4H Project Grants

Budget €2.767.051,03 

Project duration : 01 September 2022 - 31 March 2023 (18 months)

Lead Coordinator : IARC, co-leader : ECL

Website: under construction

Contact :, Marc Arbyn

Domain / Area : Screening

Main objectives

This action supports the linking of data provided by the cancer screening programmes into ECIS with a view to allowing the permanent monitoring of the screening programmes, including the performance indicators. The action will consist in the collection of data from entities in the Member States that are responsible for collecting data on cancer screening, in order to provide this data to ECIS, and develop a piloting of the new ECIS functionality as well as a new separate section to ensure a permanent collection and monitoring of the coverage and performance indicators of population-based cancer screening across the Union.



  • 8 Partners
  • 6 Countries

Belgian Partners 

  • Sciensano
  • ECL
  • CvKO


  • WP1 : Project management & coordination (IARC, co-lead: ECL)
  • WP2 : Refining performance indicators (Erasmus MC, co-lead: Sciensano)
  • WP3 : Developing a data submission portal compliant to relevant data protection regulations to report and disseminate cancer screening performance at European level to be eventually hosted by ECIS (CPO)
  • WP4 : Pilot testing functionalities of the new data warehouse and web application to be integrated to ECIS (IARC)
  • WP5 : Support capacity building of European states to ensure the contribution of cancer screening data to ECIS using new protocols and tools integrated to the programme monitoring in Member States (CSF)
  • WP6 : Continued engagement with the EU Member States to report the status of implementation and performance of cancer screening programmes using the new functionalities of ECIS enabling publication of third EU Screening Report (ECL, co-lead: Sciensano)

EBCP Flagships

  • F22. Update the European Cancer Information System to monitor and assess cancer screening programmes. (link with the European Health Data Space and implementation the EU4Health Programme’s general objective of improving and fostering health in the Union (Article 3, point (a)) through the specific objectives defined in Article 4, points (a), (f) and (i) of Regulation (EU) 2021/522.)


  • A1. Modern approach to cancer: new technologies, research and innovation at the service of patient-centred cancer prevention and care
  • A2. Saving lives through sustainable cancer prevention
  • A3. Improving early detection of cancer
  • A6. Reducing cancer inequalities across the EU

Link to Cancer Mission / recommendations

  • R3: Support the development and implementation of effective cancer prevention strategies and policies within Member States and the EU
  • R4: Optimise existing screening programmes and develop novel approaches for screening and early detection
  • R9: Achieve Cancer Health Equity in the EU across the continuum of the disease


  • screening
  • data management system
  • integration into ECIS
  • performance indicators
  • inequalities
  • new screening approaches
  • new cancer sites

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Centre for Disease Control (USA) : Updates voor systematische reviews

CoheaHr : Comparing health services interventions for the prevention of HPV-related cancer

HPV OncoPredict (Horizon 2020)

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GDI : Genomic Data Infrastructure

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PERCH : PartnERship to Contrast HPV

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eCAN : Joint Action on strengthening ehealth including telemedicine and remote monitoring for health care systems for cancer prevention and care

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