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October 27, 2017

Accreditation Canada (AC) & Health Standards Organization (HSO) chosen to deliver next-generation of allied health education accreditation

OTTAWA – The Allied Health Program Accreditation Working Group (Working Group) today confirmed that AC & HSO have been selected to provide accreditation services for education programs for 13 allied health professions.

The new education accreditation program places students at the centre of the assessment process, creating greater interoperability, strengthening cooperation, avoiding fragmentation and duplication, to build a sustainable accreditation program for years to come.

AC’s accreditation process uses HSO’s best-in-class standards, based on academic quality and clinical integration. The program will ensure that education programs prepare graduates for competent, safe and effective entry into practice as they enter the workforce. AC will begin offering accreditation services effective February 2018.

HSO’s Technical Committee on Allied Health Education Programs will develop standards based on evidence informed practices that focus on academic quality, both didactic and clinical integration, for successful student achievement. The Technical Committee will begin immediate work on developing and approving Allied Health Education Standards used for the purpose of accrediting Allied Health education programs. For more information visit HSO’s Technical Committee Recruitment Page. The new standards will be introduced in 2019 and implemented in 2020.

Quick Facts:

  • The Working Group is comprised of 11 representatives from13 allied health disciplines in Canada.
  • The Working Group consists of: Alliance of Medical Radiation Technologists Regulators of Canada, Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professional Regulators, Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, Canadian Orthoptic Society, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists, Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion, Paramedic Association of Canada, Sonography Canada, Canadian Association of Allied Health Professionals.
  • On January 22, 2016, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced it would no longer assess and accredit allied health education programs effective February 1, 2018.


“We are honoured to have the chance to work with educators, health care professionals and students across the country to ensure that these health education programs are the best they can be. Program graduates will benefit from a deeply engrained focus on competency profiles, quality improvement, safety and people-centred care as they begin their careers, and Canadian patients will benefit for years to come.”

Leslee J. Thompson, CEO, Health Standards Organization & Accreditation Canada


“On behalf of the Allied Health Program Accreditation Working Group, I am pleased to convey our satisfaction with the outcome of discussions we have had over the past several months with HSO/Accreditation Canada. Members of our coalition embarked on a collaborative endeavor a year ago to identify a new entity for the delivery of accreditation services to our educational programs across the country. HSO/Accreditation Canada presented the most robust proposal of all the organizations we considered. We were very impressed with their commitment, expertise, professionalism and willingness to develop a program that meets the unique needs of our professions. We look forward to partnering with HSO/Accreditation Canada on this journey towards continuously enhancing the quality of our educational programs and ultimately the quality of care delivered to Canadians.”

François Couillard , CEO at Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists on behalf of the Allied Health Program Accreditation Working Group

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