The 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Association of Cancer Registries was held in Khon Kaen,Thailand, in November 2000. This was the first meeting in Asia since 1994 and the Executive of the Association hadsuggested to the organisers that it would be appropriate to dedicate one of the sessions to a review of the currentsituation with respect to cancer registration on the continent. The decision was made to hold a special poster sessionto which participants with a sound knowledge of cancer registration in their country would be invited to contribute.Guidelines were proposed with respect to the content of the poster. The posters were on view during the conferenceand a special plenary session in the afternoon of the second day was dedicated to them. During this session, the Chairmanhighlighted aspects of registry practice and of the resulting data, which emerged from the poster presentations.