Seeking the stamp of good quality? Imperatives of HRH regulation and accreditation

Parallel Session 10

Venue: TBC

Day and time: Friday, 28 January 2011 - 10:30-12:30

While regulation needs competent, dedicated and well-remunerated professionals in the public sector, unfortunately in some developing countries, public sector is weak and lacks guidelines for regulation and proper governance. This session will explore the best ways of developing international standards for regulating all health professionals.

Regulated and fully accredited workforce at all levels of health systems provide assurance of quality care to the public and service users. With the rapid advancement in health and heath care such regulations are needed now more than ever to protect patients and enhance the role of health professionals.

While Doctors and Nurses are in groups of professions, which are highly regulated in developed countries, this is not necessarily the case in many developing countries. Many other health professional groups are neither regulated nor validated, and training is often ‘informal’ without any proper assessments methods.

Therefore, international standards for educational certification and accreditation of all health professionals and training institutions in line with medicine and nursing are needed.

Such international standards should be supported by independent national bodies who will take responsibility for registration, licensing, monitoring (and revalidation for individual professionals) on regular basis. They should also take responsibility for educational and professional training.

The overall aim of the session is to explore the best ways of developing international standards for regulating all health professionals (both formal and informal) including managers and their educational institutions, in line with medicine and nursing guidelines.

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