NSQHS Standards 2nd Edition

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 2nd Edition Accreditation Program 

The new National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 2nd edition was released in November 2017 and commenced on the 1st January 2019.

As an approved accreditation provider, ACHS are working with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to inform our members and assessors of the new scheme and to assist with the transition.

The NSQHS Standards (2nd edition) consists of eight Standards and 148 Actions, compared to the first edition of 10 Standards and 256 Actions; however, this does not mean a reduction of the Standards. The Commission has communicated that the 2nd edition Standards address gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The Commission developed a mapping document of the NSQHS Standards 1st edition to the 2nd edition, which shows that 96 of the 148 Actions in the second edition relates to all of the content from the first edition Standards. This mapping document is available on the Commission’s website, please click here.

There are 52 new Actions in the NSQHS second edition Standards. A number of these were represented in EQuIPNational, however there is further new content contained in the NSQHS Standards 2nd edition that will be new to member organisations.

To assist our members and our assessors to transition to the NSQHS Standards 2nd edition, ACHS has mapped the EQuIP-content Standards and Actions to the Commission’s mapping document.

ACHS has been working with all of our member organisations who are transitioning to the NSQHS Standards 2nd edition.

To read more about the NSQHS Standards 2nd Edition please click here

For more information including assessment requirements on the ACHS National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards programs contact an ACHS Customer Services Manager at csm@achs.org.au or phone ACHS on 02 9281 9955.

The requirements of the ACSQHC accreditation scheme are available through the ACSQHC'S microsite resources. ACHS continues to keep our members informed of any updates regarding the 2nd edition Standards and the accreditation scheme, as they are advised to us. 

Click here to view the ACHS NSQHS Standards 2nd Edition brochure.


Find below useful links on the Australian Commisssion on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) Website:

NSQHS Standards Second Edition Advisories

NSQHS Standards Second Edition Fact Sheets

NSQHS Standards Second Edition Resources

Last Review Date 06 August 2020

ACHS NSQHS Standards - Announced Assessment Guideline

ACHS NSQHS Standards - Short Notice Assessment Guideline

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    ACHS National Safety & Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Short Notice Assessment Guideline for Organisations

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NSQHS Standards 2nd Edition Program Corporate Health Services

NSQHS Standards 2nd Edition Guide for Interim Accreditation

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