NABH International is the international wing of NABH. NABH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India (QCI), set up to establish and operate accreditation program for healthcare organizations. The board has full autonomy in its operations with support by all stakeholders.
The NABH standards provide framework for quality assurance and quality improvement for the Healthcare Organizations. The standards focus on all aspects of service delivery like patient rights and education, infection control practices, trained and experienced staff, infrastructure, environment safety, processes and controls among many others, statutory & regulatory compliances. A NABH -“MARK OF EXCELLENCE” is provided to the organization based on evaluation on these standards. The Accreditation Programs for Healthcare Organizations are voluntary programs.
To enhance health systems & promoting continuous quality improvement and patient safety at international level.
- NABH is an institutional member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)
- NABH is also a member of ISQua Accreditation Council.
- NABH is the founder member of Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua).
Hospital is an integral part of health care system. Accreditation would be the single most important approach for improving the quality of hospitals. Accreditation is an incentive to improve capacity of national hospitals to provide quality of care. National accreditation system for hospitals ensure that hospitals, whether public or private, national or expatriate, play there expected roles in national heath system.
Confidence in accreditation is obtained by a transparent system of control over the accredited hospital and an assurance given by the accreditation body that the accredited hospital constantly fulfills the accreditation criteria.
Accreditation of Small Healthcare Organisation
Small Healthcare Organizations are those healthcare organizations having bed strength up to 50 beds and are in possession of supportive and utility facilities that are appropriate and relevant to the services being provided by organization. Day Care centers (up to 50 beds) are included.
Accreditation of Wellness Centers
This standard, meant for accreditation is applicable to all organizations providing wellness services. In addition to implementing the specified applicable clauses of the standard the organization maintaining accreditation will maintain highest degree of cleanliness, customer friendly approach, transparency and professionalism in its dealings with respect to the provided services and the projection of the same. Through this standard the accredited organizations will provide a benchmark in excellence in their fields and will enhance the respectability of not only their organizations but that of the wellness industry.
Wellness center is an healthcare facility that provides scientifically proven physical interventions with repeatable positive outcomes for improvement or maintenance of physical form, enhancement of functions or improvement of beauty* for achieving the state of wellness of an individual. (Gymnasiums, Spas, Skincare Centers, Cosmetic Care Centers, Fitness Centers, Immunization Centers, Executive Health Checkup Centers with associated advice, etc.
Wellness interventions are those interventions that do not require overnight stay at the Wellness Centre for medical reasons; leaving the treatment after any stage should not cause any harm to the individual.
Accreditation for Blood Bank and Transfusion Services
Blood banks/ blood centres are an integral part of health care system. Accreditation would be the single most important approach for improving the quality of blood banks. Accreditation of blood banks/ blood centres and blood transfusion services strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, transfusion and distribution of blood and blood products.
Accreditation for Dental Health Care Service Providers
Confidence in accreditation is obtained by a transparent system of control over the accredited Dental Facility and an assurance given by the accreditation body that the accredited Dental Facility constantly fulfills the accreditation criteria.
NABH provides accreditation to Dental Facility in a non-discriminatory manner regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence. The applicant Dental Facility must have conducted self-assessment against NABH standards after implementing for at least 3 months before submission of application and must ensure that it complies with NABH Standards.
Accreditation for Medical Imaging Services
Medical Imaging Services cover investigations of patients that provide imaging information for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease; or assessment of health. It includes conventional radiation based diagnostic radiology as well as a wide variety of specialized techniques including Ultrasound scans, Doppler studies, Bone densitometry, CT, MRI, PETCT, SPECT, Radionuclide imaging and therapy etc.
These services are essential for patient care and therefore must meet the needs of all patient and the clinical personnel responsible for the care of those patients. These services include arrangement for requisition, choice of appropriate (most informative and cost effective) imaging techniques, patient information, patient consent, patient preparation, patient identification, performance of imaging procedures, interpretation, reporting and advice regarding the result, in addition to the consideration of safety and ethics in diagnostic imaging services.
A medical imaging center must maintain certain standard of services (statutory or otherwise); as well as, strive for continuous improvement in the quality of services they provide. Standards for NABH Accreditation for Medical Imaging Services are thus developed and formulated, they are divided into 6 chapters containing 23 standards and 95 objective elements. These standards provide general guidelines pertaining to all diagnostic imaging services. Specific guidelines for X-ray, Fluoroscopy, USG, CT scan, MR and Nuclear Imaging etc. are then provided separately in the guide book for completeness of the document # There are certain tests routinely performed in diagnostic centres e.g. ECG, EEG, EMG, Nerve conduction etc., but as they are not imaging methods and are performed & reported by technical medical specialist other than radiologists, they are not included in these standards.