Definition of Accreditation

Healthcare Accreditation is a process of assessment that begins with self-assessment of the facility followed by a thorough assessment by an independent third-party based on criteria determined by the facility’s level of service and the corresponding safety and security measures associated with these services. The process of developing standards and assessing compliance to standards is the responsibility of an official accreditation authority which shall grant certification based on the results of accreditation assessment to ensure that the healthcare institution is compliant with applicable standards published by the accreditation authority. These standards represent desired levels of distinctive performance and safety requirements to satisfy healthcare patients and staff. In addition, they can be used as a bench mark for comparison before and after standard application. ​

Benefits of Accreditation

The Central Board intends for the development and application of accreditation standards to upgrade the quality and safety of healthcare services throughout the Kingdom. The Central Board hopes to assure patients receiving treatment in accredited healthcare institutions that the facility is committed to providing a higher level of quality, safety and security than non-accredited facilities, thus decreasing the likelihood of medical errors. To review the list of healthcare institutions currently accredited by the Central Board, click here. Healthcare institutions that receive an accreditation certificate demonstrate their commitment to performance excellence, which will elevate their reputation and open a new range of benefits. For more information about the benefits of accreditation, click here.