Accrediting agency approval process
The National Health Reform Act 2011 regulates the Commission. Included within its functions is the formulation of model national schemes to accredit health services. The NGPA Scheme is such a scheme. It was developed by the Commission, in collaboration with the RACGP.
The NGPA Scheme provides a governance framework for national coordination of general practice accreditation and an approval process for accrediting agencies. It sets out the responsibilities of accrediting agencies in relation to implementation of the relevant safety and quality standards, which are currently:
- The RACGP Standards for general practices (5th edition)
- The RACGP Standards for point-of-care testing (5th edition).
Under the NGPA Scheme, the Commission has the responsibility to approve accrediting agencies seeking to assess general practices against the relevant standards. Applications are open every two to three years.
Call for applications
The 2022 round of approvals is now open. Applications are currently being accepted and will close 5pm AEST 28 October 2022.
If you would like to apply for approval during this round, you can download the application form:
The application form should be completed in line with the requirements outlined in Policy – Approval under the National General Practice Accreditation (NGPA) Scheme to conduct assessments:
Assessment of accrediting agency applications
An approvals panel established by the Commission will review applications and conduct interviews with suitable accrediting agencies seeking to conduct assessments under the NGPA Scheme. The panel includes representatives from the sector, as well as senior Commission staff. The panel review process is expected to be conducted in November 2022.