MOH News
CBAHI Obtains the ISQua Accreditation
28 May 2012
   The Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) has been announced to be a part of ISQua's International Accreditation Program, thus obtaining an international accreditation from the world's best institution specialized in this field. This will promote the accuracy and security of the CBAHI medical and health standards applied in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and ensure conformity with the international conditions and standards.
 
The Arbitration Commission of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) has approved the CBAHI hospital standards applied in the Kingdom, and considered these standards conforming with the world's highest standards defined by ISQua, which are updated annually to keep pace with the successive developments.
 
On this occasion, His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Health, and Chairman of CBAHI, Dr. Mohammed Khoshaim, said, “Obtaining the ISQua accreditation is reckoned one of the substantial steps on our path towards the development of medical and healthcare services. It is expected to enhance the standards set by CBAHI to be applied by hospitals, health centers and medical facilities. This is one of the objectives the Board has been always endeavoring to put into effect, seeking to maintain the Kingdom's excellence in the field of healthcare services, and fulfill the Wise Leadership's aspirations to have a national health sector to be taken as a role model at both the regional and international levels.”
 
Dr. Khoshaim added, “Obtaining the ISQua accreditation signifies the CBAHI's keen interest in being one of the world's referential institutions assigned to create strong infrastructure for the quality of medical and healthcare services provided in the Kingdom. The Central Board is keen to make good use of this achievement, by expanding the medial accreditation coverage to more and more health facilities, after ensuring the conformity of its standards to the internationally approved standards. This is expected to trigger a strong impetus to the performance of CBAHI, by helping cope with the international standards, thus making optimal use of the local and international experiences in this domain.”
 
For his part, the Secretary-General of CBAHI, Dr. Salim Al-Wahhabi, said, “Obtaining the ISQua accreditation is reckoned by CBAHI one of the substantial hall marks towards the development of healthcare services. It implies that the quality and security standards set by the Board to be applied at health facilities, are correct and scientific standards conforming with the international standards; to the effect that the Central Board of Accreditation for Health Institutions (CBAHI), according to the internationally approved standards, is a reliable and trustworthy accreditation institution.”
 
Speaking of the positive impacts expected to be gained from the ISQua accreditation, Dr. Al-Wahhabi expounded, “Patients and outpatients shall be the first to benefit from this accreditation, since health facilities will be ascertained to be concordant with the world's highest quality standards. And, needless to mention, this well be reflected in the improvement of the quality and security of healthcare services provided for patients. It will be reflected, also, in raising the level of all the accredited health institutions.”
 
Meanwhile, Dr. Al-Wahhabi underscored the importance of accreditation for hospitals and health institutions in general. According to him, it helps bring about ongoing improvement of the quality of healthcare services provided for patients, in concordance with internationally approved criteria and standards proven to be effective in overcoming defects and weaknesses, as well as increasing and developing strengths. In doing so, we are looking forward to attain the highest performance level, and maintain an excellent national health sector characterized by high quality and competitiveness. Concluding his statement, Dr. Al-Wahhabi expressed his confidence that the Kingdom's health sector is strong and efficient enough to keep pace with the global successive developments in the field of health care services.
 
It is worth mentioning, in this regard, that the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) is an independent, non-profit organization, including in its members over 70 countries. It seeks to bring about excellence in the field of medical and healthcare services. Supported by the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), ISQua has developed an international accreditation program meant to approve healthcare standards, and ensure the conformity of the standards of accreditation standards with the internationally approved standards. This is the very accreditation approved by the Saudi Central Board of Accreditation for Health Institutions (CBAHI).
 



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