Quality standards

Printer-friendly version

Health care and social service organizations use the Accreditation Canada standards to develop their services and thoroughly assess all that they do.

The system-wide standards address governance, leadership, infection prevention and control, and medication management—topics that are important in all health care organizations, no matter what service is being provided. In addition to the system-wide standards, an organization would also use service excellence standards that address specific types of services, conditions, and populations.

The standards support the organization’s ongoing quality improvement activities. They focus on the essential components of safe and effective health care and are based on five attributes of excellence—clinical leadership, people, processes, information, and performance.

Covering the health care continuum

With more than 70 sets of standards, we can accredit virtually all health care services. We also customize standards, as required, to meet the needs of specific health sectors and services.

Public input and national consultation

Members of the public are welcome to provide feedback on our standards through our national consultation process.