The European Commission Initiative on Colorectal Cancer (ECICC) is a person-centred initiative to improve colorectal cancer prevention and care in Europe. Now launched!


Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in men and the second one in women. Moreover, colorectal cancer represents the second cause of cancer death in men and the third one in women.

According to the estimates from the European Cancer Information System for 2020, there were 341 419 new cases and 156 105 people died from colorectal cancer in the EU, accounting for 12.7% of all new cancer diagnoses and 12.4% of all deaths.

The data also shows persistent differences in the survival rates of patients across Europe, with below-average survival rates consistently observed in some countries, therefore indicating inequalities in healthcare delivery.

A coordinated action at European level for quality assurance of colorectal cancer prevention and care could help reduce these inequalities.


ECICC aims to develop evidence-based guidelines for colorectal cancer prevention, screening and diagnosis, as well as a quality assurance scheme for healthcare services involved in the entire care pathway.

ECICC will empower individuals, patients and their families to make informed decisions about their health by providing information in a transparent and clear manner. At the same time, ECICC will ensure they benefit from high-quality healthcare services in screening, diagnosis and the entire healthcare pathway.

The implementation of both the guidelines and the quality assurance scheme will be voluntary.

Call for experts

The JRC is now launching this initiative by setting up the ECICC working group in collaboration with the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE).

We are hereby calling for clinical, scientific and technical experts in areas related to the initiative as well as patients and/or caregivers to be appointed as members of the ECICC working group.

Join our ECICC group and our efforts for better colorectal cancer care across the EU by applying here. Deadline is 16 May 2021.