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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 Scheme. The scheme supports the consistent assessment of Australian general practices against the RACGP Standards for general practice.

Accrediting agencies approved under the National General Practice Accreditation 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:
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 next Assessment Panel will be convened in June 2018 and the closing date for applications is Friday, 18 May 2018.

The guidelines for approval will be reviewed and it is anticipated that they will be made available in early April 2018.

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

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Last updated: 3 November 2017