Small Healthcare Organisations


Approximately 50,000 Health care organizations are functioning in our country out of which significant number fall under the Small Healthcare Organization (SHCO). Lack of knowledge, poor insurance coverage and challenges faced by the SHCOs for accreditation are road block for enhancing the level of quality care across the country. To be more inclusive and encourage SHCOs to join quality journey, NABH has developed Pre Accreditation Entry Level standards, in consultation with various stakeholders in the country, as a stepping-stone for enhancing the quality of patient care and safety.

Pre Accreditation Entry Level standards contain the requirement which is almost one- fourth of the full accreditation standards. SHCO entry level requirements focus on the minimum critical elements important for patient safety. This process envisaged to be affordable and will encourage the SHCOs to adopt quality initiative and to attain the next stage (progressive level) and eventually full accreditation. These are easily achievable, sustainable, and are equally applicable to both government and private hospitals.

The applicant SHCO must have conducted self-assessment against NABH Pre Accreditation Entry Level standards after implementing for at least 3 months before submission of application and must ensure that it complies with the standards.

SHCOs willing to apply are strongly encouraged to read all the available documents on this website under Documents .


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