The International Accreditation Programme (IAP) delivers a unique global accreditation service to health and social care external evaluation organisations and standards developing bodies.

Since 1999, the IAP has provided these organisations with an independent third-party assessment process to validate existing systems and drive continuous quality improvement. The IAP enables these organisations to demonstrate their credibility and benchmark their performance on an international level. Operating in over 60 countries, the IAP offers three separate peer review assessment options:

  • Accreditation of Health and Social Care Standards
  • Accreditation of External Evaluation Organisations
  • Accreditation of Surveyor Training Programmes

ISQua’s activity does not constitute an accreditation within the meaning of Article 2 (10) of Regulation (EC) NO. 765 / 2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008. ISQua bases its evaluation of bodies and standards exclusively on privately set standards, and they do not comprise an assessment or accreditation by public authorities.

Our continuous accreditation process encourages growth and development

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All organisations must complete an online application form and pay the access fee prior to entry into the programme.

Survey Preparation
Technical Review
Final Submission of SAT
Survey
Factual Accuracy Review
Validation Review
Award Decision
Continuous Assessment
Re-Accreditation

Our Programmes

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Types and Costs

Access Fee* €1,600
IAP Fees per annum (4-year cycle)  
Standards Assessment* €2,890
Surveyor Training Programme* €2,520
External Evaluation Organisation Assessment* €3,690
Organisation Survey – utilising standards developed by another organisation* €4,900

*Prices due to change 31st December, please contact ISQua directly for further information accreditationadmin@isqua.org

Reference Materials

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Please ensure that you have downloaded and reviewed the Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Health and Social Care Standards.

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ISQua Surveyors

At the heart of the IAP are the ISQua surveyors. ISQua has experienced international professionals who work with health and social care external evaluation organisations around the world. Their role is to validate an organisation’s self-assessment and confirm their level of achievement against the ISQua Principles and Standards. The ISQua surveyors provide the organisation with a written report identifying the organisation’s strengths and promoting continuous quality improvement.

Current Awards

ISQua Accreditation is granted for four years. Accredited organisations receive the final survey report, an ISQua Accreditation Certificate and the use of an ‘ISQua Accredited’ logo. All IAP awards are acknowledged annually at ISQua’s International Conference.

ISQua Current Award Holders

Previous IAP Award Ceremonies

Organisations who have achieved ISQua Accreditation are acknowledged annually at ISQua’s International Conference.

Recording of ISQua's International Accreditation Programme (IAP) Award Ceremony, held during ISQua's 34th International Conference in London on 4th October 2017. Awards were presented by Steve Clark (AGPAL), Chair of ISQua's Accreditation Council

Recording of ISQua's International Accreditation Programme (IAP) Award Ceremony, held during ISQua's 32nd International Conference in Doha on 6th October 2015. Awards were presented by ISQua's then Deputy CEO, Triona Fortune.

Recording of ISQua's International Accreditation Programme (IAP) Award Ceremony, held during ISQua's 33rd International Conference in Rio de Janeiro on 7th October 2014. Awards were presented by ISQua's then Deputy CEO, Triona Fortune.

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