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The Accrediting Agency Approval Process for NSQHS Standards

State and territory health departments have endorsed the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme which requires all hospitals and day procedure services to be assessed to the NSQHS Standards. Under the AHSSQA Scheme, it is the Commission’s responsibility to approve accrediting agencies seeking to assess health service organisations against the NSQHS Standards. The Commission is also responsible for approving accrediting agencies to assess health service organisations against the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Trauma Recovery Programme (TRP) Standards.

The AHSSQA Scheme sets out the responsibilities of accrediting agencies in relation to implementation of the NSQHS Standards. The AHSSQA Scheme has been reviewed and changes will be recommended to state and territory health departments for approval. Once finalised accrediting agencies seeking to assess health service organisations to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards will be invited to apply for approval. It is anticipated guidelines for approval applications will be available in early April 2018. Applications will be required by mid-May 2018 and approvals issued by the end of June 2018.

Applications from accrediting agencies are assessed by a panel which includes representatives from the public and private health care sectors, as well as senior Commission staff and a representative from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The next Assessment Panel will be convened in June 2018 and the closing date for applications is Friday, 18 May 2018.

Application form for the approval of accrediting agencies and the Guide to the approval process for accrediting agencies will be available early April 2018. Accrediting agencies submitting an initial application are encouraged to contact the Commission’s Advice Centre on 1800 304 056 to discuss their intention to apply and preparation of their application.

A current list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at:

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Last updated: 3 November 2017