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SOUTH AFRICA

NameThe Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa
Type of organisationPublic
International or nationalNational
Period of validity2-3 years
Method of assessmentFacilitated approach: baseline data and visit at least every six weeks; Self-Evaluation approach: relevant training is offered in the beginning of the programme, an external survey is undertaken at an agreed point
Public communicationTransparent
Target groupsGovernment and patients
PriceDepends on hospital
Accredited byISQua
ParticipationVoluntarily
Quality norm-
FoundersSouth African Government
ObjectiveAssist healthcare facilities in developing countries to deliver quality
Profit or non-profit basedNon-profit
Accredited institutionsHealthcare facilities
Special remarks-

In 1994, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Stellenbosch developed a Pilot Accreditation Programme aimed to accredit health institutions. Since the programme showed that it was of considerable value to participating facilities, the scope of work has been extended. The University of Stellenbosch transferred the accreditation copyrights and obligations to the Council for Health Service Accreditation of South Africa in 1995. In the past 15 years, the COHSASA has built up the accreditation programme for hospitals, sub-acute care, psychiatric facilities and programmes and primary healthcare clinics.

Besides, it has developed standards for the management of HIV / AIDS across a continuum of care. The accreditation process is an ongoing process which can take up to 36 months. The focus of the accreditation is improvement of the healthcare sector consisting of several steps, which are shown in the graph.38

The South African Accreditation Process