3. Accreditation agencies - the case for independence
To realise the benefits of third-party review, accreditation agencies should be independent (from service providers) and transparent in their operations.
Accreditation agencies should also be accountable for their performance especially in relation to the rigour and reliability of their programs.
Independence ensures freedom from influence on the results of performance assessments.
Independence of the accrediting body (from the service provider) can enhance consumer respect for accreditation.
The industry is arguably more responsive to an independent accreditation program that transcends jurisdictional boundaries.
An independent national body is also able to bring perspectives from beyond jurisdictional boundaries.
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4. Is the ACHS independent?
The ACHS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014.
Standards for evaluation, assessment and accreditation are determined by a Committee whose members are drawn from peak bodies in health, representatives of government and consumers.
ACHS is governed by a Board of directors elected by Council members and supported by a corporate management structure.
The ACHS surveyors (professionals with recent health care experience) provide a recommendation on accreditation status which is acknowledged by the CEO. Depending on the type of survey, and its outcomes, there may be a need for a vote from Councillors if an Advanced Completion (AC) has been identified.
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