What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is an ongoing process of assessing health care and social services organizations against standards of excellence to identify what is being done well and what needs to be improved.
Accreditation is important because it helps create better health care and social services for you, your family, and your community. It allows organizations to understand how to make better use of their resources, increase efficiency, enhance quality and safety, and reduce risk.
More than 15,000 locations in over 38 countries are experiencing the rewards of being accredited by Accreditation Canada.
How does accreditation work?
Accreditation is an ongoing process of assessing health and social services organizations against standards of excellence to identify what is being done well and what needs improvement.
Organizations that take part in our accreditation program choose to do so because they have first-hand knowledge of the contribution accreditation makes in improving quality, reducing risk, and strengthening accountability.
Accredited organizations devote time and resources to identify what they are doing well and what could be done better—and then take action to address issues so they can provide the best possible care and service to their patients and clients in order to save and improve lives.
What does being accredited mean?
When you see the Accreditation Canada seal, you can be certain that the health care organization is working hard to meet our standards to deliver safe, high-quality care. They do so because better quality means better health.
Why should accreditation matter to you?
We believe that you and your family have the right to safe, high-quality health care services. Accreditation helps ensure health and social services organizations improve quality, safety, and efficiency so they can provide you and your family with the best possible care and service.
Who do we accredit?
We accredit hospitals, doctor’s offices, senior’s and residential homes, rehabilitation centres, home care agencies, medical labs, health education programs and almost everything else in between.
Does Accreditation Canada do more than just accreditation?
Yes! In addition to our popular Qmentum accreditation program, we offer various specialty assessment programs. These include programs that help organizations improve quality in specific areas, such as stroke care, and programs specific to care settings, such as long term care. For more information on our programs, visit our Assessment Programs page.