Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting Data Standard

Closed 24 Jul 2020

Opened 18 May 2020

Results updated 23 Apr 2021

The published standard and a summary of submissions are available on the Ministry of Health website.


You are invited to review and provide comment on the draft HISO 10038.4 Cancer Multidisciplinary Meeting Data Standard.

The draft standard was developed as part of the Cancer Health Information Strategy programme that supported the New Zealand Cancer Health Information Strategy published in 2015. The standard defines the nationally agreed minimum patient and cancer data to be collected in a consistent manner wherever it is collected and stored as part of the multidisciplinary meeting process.

MDMs were identified as an activity that produces a rich source of significant clinical information and a starting point for improving the collection of cancer information to support the delivery of care across the cancer pathway.

This standard supports the goals of the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029 that was published by the Ministry of Health in October 2019. The Cancer Action Plan sets a path to better cancer prevention, treatment and care in New Zealand over the next 10 years.

The original draft standard was developed by MDM subject matters experts and widely consulted with stakeholders.

A revision of the draft standard was required to reflect the release of the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029, a collective agreement to the preferred use of AJCC (American Joint Committee on Cancer) 8th Edition Cancer Staging and to ensure SNOMED CT was incorporated where applicable. The revised standard incorporates updates by the Cancer Control Agency and the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO).

The public comment process is being carried out by HISO.

Please make your submission using the following link on the Ministry of Health’s Consultation Hub. The closing date has been extended to Friday 24 July 2020.


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