Accreditation Canada and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare Announce Strategic Partnership

January 17, 2019

OTTAWA & TORONTO – January 17, 2019 — Accreditation Canada (AC) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) today announced they have formed a strategic partnership. The goal of the partnership is to improve the quality of health care by combining the forces of two leading providers of accreditation services in Canada. This partnership will enable the provision of a comprehensive range of services and form the basis for integration of diagnostic accreditation to broader health system accreditation. This will make it easier for health care providers to integrate their diagnostic processes to the broader health system accreditation processes and benefit the patient through their journey on the continuum of care.

“This is an exciting opportunity in IQMH’s journey to expand the impact on the quality of diagnostic services by partnering with a pan Canadian accreditation body which already has a large footprint in Canada and globally”, said Jeff Sumner, Chief Executive Officer, IQMH.

“As part of our strategic ambition to improve the quality of health services for all, we are committed to creating real value for our clients in all aspects of design, delivery, and accreditation of their services by streamlining their internal processes”, said Leslee Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Canada.

With this announcement, AC and IQMH will be uniquely positioned to provide an integrated solution to improve the quality of health care by providing value-adding third-party accreditation, proficiency testing, standard development and education for organizations in Canada and internationally.

IQMH was started in 1974 as a proficiency testing program, known as the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program (LPTP). IQMH has played a crucial role in the ISO 15189 accreditation of medical laboratories in Ontario, and more recently across the country. It has grown to become Canada’s largest provider of medical laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing. Formed in 1958, Accreditation Canada is Canada’s leading health care and social services accrediting body with clients ranging from small community care organizations to large hospitals and health systems.

About Accreditation Canada

Accreditation Canada, an affiliate of the Health Standards Organization (HSO), is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits health care and social services organizations in Canada and around the world. Its comprehensive accreditation programs foster ongoing quality improvement through evidence-based standards and a rigorous external peer review. Accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), Accreditation Canada has been helping organizations improve health care quality and patient safety for 60 years. Discover more at and

About the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare

The Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare is a not-for-profit corporation that offers accreditation and proficiency testing of diagnostic services, and education services through its three independent Centres. Its services have achieved world-wide recognition — the Centre for Proficiency Testing is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation; and the Centre for Accreditation is a signatory of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation — thereby demonstrating its ability to meet rigorous international standards for quality and competence. IQMH has been elevating confidence in the healthcare system for over 40 years. Learn more at

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