Accrediting agencies assessing general practices

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), developed the National General Practice Accreditation (NGPA) Scheme. The NGPA Scheme supports the consistent assessment of Australian general practices against the RACGP Standards for general practice.

Accrediting agencies approved under the NGPA Scheme are required to comply with the roles and responsibilities set out in the assessment criteria.

A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at: General Practice accreditation - Approved accrediting agencies

Applications from accrediting agencies are assessed by a panel of industry stakeholders including representatives from the RACGP, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and the Australian Association of Practice Management. Any accrediting agency seeking to assess general practices to the RACGP Standards for general practices may apply.

The Commission is currently reviewing the criteria for approval for accrediting agencies. An announcement regarding the next approval process, including closing dates for applications, will be made following the completion of the review.

The Commission’s Advice Centre is available on 1800 304 056 or email should accrediting agencies have any questions regarding the approval process. Accrediting agencies are encouraged to contact the Commission to discuss their intention to apply.