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The Malaysian society for quality in healthcare (MSQH) is one of the few public accreditation systems that work on a voluntary basis. Besides accreditation, the MSQH also organises conferences and workshops to improve the quality of the national healthcare. The following flowchart on the next page shows the accreditation process which is a collaboration between a hospital and the MSQH.

NameMalaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare
Type of organisationPublic
International or nationalNational
Period of validity3 years
Method of assessmentSelf assessment and visit of surveyors
Public communicationTransparent
Target groupsPatients and government
Accredited byISQua
Quality norm-
FoundersMinistry of Health (MOH), The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia
ObjectiveImproving the quality of the nation’s healthcare
Profit or non-profit basedNon-profit
Accredited institutionsHospitals and medical clinics
Special remarks-

At first the accreditation is given for only one year. If the standards are maintained during that year at the required quality level, the accreditation certificate can be extended for a maximum of three years. After three years, the whole accreditation process has to be renewed. During the accreditation process, the hospital is also obligated to give awareness training programs to improve the overall quality. Although the MSQH operates totally independent from the Malaysian government, it is still owned by the government. However, the Malaysian government is not allowed to influence the accreditation process.

The accreditation process of the Malaysian Society for Quality in Healthcare