Everyone involved in the assessment, treatment and follow-up of cancer patients must report to the Cancer Registry. Good reporting contributes to Norway having one of the world's most complete cancer registries. This is important in order to make cancer treatment constantly better.

Last updated: 15.04.2020


The Cancer Registry of Norway receives information from several sources, including clinicians in both the specialist and primary health services, from pathology departments and from other health registries. 

All reporting of clinical information from the specialist health service and pathology departments takes place electronically via the Norwegian Health Network.

Reporting - clinical information

Information from clinicians, together with pathology information, constitutes the main basis for information on cancer cases in the Cancer Registry. Clinicians should report for all cases of cancer and for certain cases of precancerous lesions and benign tumors. An overview of notifiable diagnoses can be found here.

Types of cancer for which there are quality registries have specific reporting forms that cover the various parts of the treatment pathway, such as assessment, surgical treatment, radiotherapy, drug therapy and follow-up. Other cancers are reported on general forms for solid and non-solid tumors. 

Today, clinical information is mainly reported via the Cancer Registry's Electronic Notification Service (KREMT). This is a web-based solution that is available free of charge to everyone who is affiliated with the Norwegian Health Network. 

More information about KREMT.

KREMT contains functionality for reporting and caching forms. In addition, there is also an overview of missing cancer reports, receipts for submitted reports and statistics based on the health institution's own reporting. 

The health institutions can also choose to use electronic reporting solutions other than KREMT. However, this requires that the Cancer Registry's notification specifications form the basis for the reporting, and that our systems recognise and can use the reports. 

Read more about alternative reporting solutions and other development projects.

Reporting - pathology information

The pathology departments in Norway, both in hospitals and private pathology laboratories, send copies of pathology reports for cancer, precancerous lesions and some benign tumours to the Cancer Registry. In addition, pathology departments must submit pathology information necessary for the operation of the screening programmes

Which remittances the pathology departments should send to the Cancer Registry of Norway is mainly specified on the basis of NORPAT codes (the pathology coding system). A general overview of this coding system can be found on the website of the Norwegian Directorate of eHealth. Specifications for submission to the Cancer Registry of Norway can be found here.

A main goal for reporting pathology information is to get all pathology departments to send remittances as xml files via the Norwegian Health Network instead of paper reporting. In addition, the Cancer Registry of Norway is working to get the pathology departments to implement pathology responses where the diagnostic summary is structured (pathology templates).