Standards

Standards

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Health and Social Services Standards

Accreditation Canada’s programs assess organizations against standards developed by our affiliate, Health Standards Organization (HSO).

HSOHSO offers more than 100 customizable health standards, to improve health care and social services globally.

Separating standards from assessments allows Accreditation Canada to focus on delivering the best accreditation services possible and avoids any potential conflicts of interest during the standards development process.

HSO standards focus on providing the highest achievable quality for patients and their families covering a broad spectrum of health services. The standards are designed in partnership with clinicians, policy makers and patients and families to ensure they provide for effective health services and overall value.

Robust, relevant and rigorous

HSO and Accreditation Canada believe that standards set through a rigorous and diligent development process, support ongoing quality improvement measures in health care systems, leading to higher quality health services for all.

No special interest group or private entity can influence the content of our standards to their sole benefit.

HSO standards used by Accreditation Canada

Accreditation Canada clients receive the applicable standards when they join the accreditation program.

  • Those who are not Accreditation Canada clients may purchase Canadian versions of the standards through the Accreditation Canada E-Store.
  • International versions of the standards can be purchased through the HSO E-Store.

Standards used by Accreditation Canada in the Canadian market:

  • Governance
  • Governance for Aboriginal Health Services
  • Leadership
  • Leadership for Aboriginal Health Services
  • Leadership Standards for Small, Community-Based Organizations
  • Infection Prevention and Control for Aboriginal Substance Misuse Services
  • Infection Prevention and Control Standards
  • Infection Prevention and Control Standards for Community-Based Organizations
  • Medication Management for Remote/Isolated Health Services
  • Medication Management Standards
  • Medication Management Standards for Community-Based Organizations
  • Providing an Integrated System of Services to People with Stroke
  • Aboriginal Community Health and Wellness
  • Aboriginal Integrated Primary Care
  • Aboriginal Substance Misuse Services
  • Acquired Brain Injury Services
  • Acute Stroke Services
  • Ambulatory Care Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Clinical Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Laboratory Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Working with Third Party Donors
  • Biomedical Laboratory Services
  • Cancer Care
  • Case Management
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Community-Based Mental Health Services and Supports
  • Correctional Services of Canada Health Services Standards
  • Critical Care
  • Dental Services
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Diagnostic Imaging Services
  • Emergency Department
  • EMS and Interfacility Transport
  • Health Care Staffing Services
  • Home Care Services
  • Home Support Services
  • Hospice, Palliative, End-of-Life Services
  • Independent Medical/Surgical Facilities
  • Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Services
  • Long-Term Care Services
  • Managing Medications in Aboriginal Substance Misuse Services
  • Medical Imaging Centres
  • Medicine Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Obstetrics Services
  • Organ and Tissue Donation Standards for Deceased Donors
  • Organ and Tissue Transplant Standards
  • Organ Donation Standards for Living Donors
  • Perioperative Services and Invasive Procedures
  • Point-of-Care Testing
  • Population Health and Wellness
  • Primary Care Services
  • Primary Care Services for Standalone Clinics
  • Primer
  • Protocols for Acute Stroke Services
  • Protocols for Stroke Rehabilitation Services
  • Provincial Correctional Health Services Standards
  • Public Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Remote/Isolated Health Services
  • Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices
  • Residential Homes for Seniors
  • Spinal Cord Injury Acute Services
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Services
  • Stroke Services Client and Family Education
  • Stroke Services Excellence and Innovation
  • Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling
  • Telehealth
  • Transfusion Services
  • Trauma Distinction: Excellence and Innovation
  • Trauma Centre Standards

Standards used by Accreditation Canada internationally:

* Don’t see a standard listed for your language in the HSO E-Store? Contact us to discuss translating and localizing the standard to your region.

  • Ambulatory Care Services
  • Animal Health and Food Safety Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Clinical Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Laboratory Services
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Standards for Working with Third Party Donors
  • Biomedical Laboratory Services Standards
  • Cancer Care Services
  • Critical Care Services
  • Dental Services
  • Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
  • Emergency Department
  • Global Health Care Services
  • Governance
  • Home Care Services
  • Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Services
  • Independent Medical/Surgical Facilities
  • Infection Prevention and Control Standards
  • Infection Prevention and Control Standards for Community-Based Organizations
  • Leadership
  • Leadership Standards for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Medication Management
  • Medication Management Standards for Community-Based Organizations
  • Medicine Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Obstetrics Services
  • Perioperative Services and Invasive Procedures
  • Populations with Chronic Conditions
  • Primary Care Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Reprocessing and Sterilization of Reusable Medical Devices
  • Semi-Residential and Residential Services
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Services
  • Transfusion Services

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