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National Health Act, 2003 (Act No. 61 of 2003)


Regulations relating to Cancer Registration

1. Definitions


In these regulations any word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Act shall have such meaning and, unless the context indicates otherwise—



means all malignant neoplasms and conditions suspected as such, as contained in the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, 3rd edition (ICD-0-3, 2000);


"cancer registration"

means the process of continuous, systematic collection and storage of a defined data set on the biographical information of all persons diagnosed with cancer, and of the characteristics of cancer, including its treatment and outcome;

"International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)"
means the World Health Organization (WHO) agency that has as its mission to co-ordinate and conduct research on cancer;


"national cancer registry"

means a national system used for the collection, recording, validation, storage, management, analysis, interpretation and reporting of data of all persons with cancer on a national basis, regardless of age;


"national health laboratory service"

means the Service established in terms of section 3 of the National Health Laboratory Service Act, 2000 (Act No. 37 of 2000);


"population-based cancer registry"

means the registration of the details of every cancer that occurs in a defined population, usually in those persons resident within the boundaries of a defined geographical region or country; and


"the Act"

means the National Health Act, 2003, (Act No 61 of 2003).