The N. Ireland Cancer Registry was re-established in May 1994 under an agreement between the N. Ireland Dept. of Health, (DHSSPS) and Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB). Currently the Registry is funded by the Public Health Agency through an agreement with QUB and is part of the Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science. The new registry replaced an older incomplete, paper based Registry which was established in 1959. The new Registry retains the data from the older Registry.
The Registry has collaborative working links with the National Cancer Registry of Ireland, all other UK Registries, European Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute, USA.
The Registry is supported by a Steering Group which advises and oversees the work of the Registry and a Council which provides a mechanism for the Registry to link with its key stakeholders including clinicians, patients and researchers.
The Registry is the producer of the official statistics on cancer for N. Ireland.
It produces regular audit reports on services for cancer patients in N. Ireland.
It also produces and facilitates peer review scientific publications on cancer.
The Registry has ethical approval for all its databases and operates to a higher level of data security and patient confidentiality. The work of the Registry depends on the regular acquisition of data on cancer patients from hospitals and strict data access agreements facilitate this.
The following video gives further information on the role and work of the Cancer Registry. Please do have a look at it.
There is also a subtitled version of the NICR video. Please click this link
If you have any queries about any of the information provided in the video, you can contact the NICR at
Northern Ireland Cancer Registry
Queen's University of Belfast
Tel: 028 9063 3011