Accreditation Legend

Full accreditation

All services should score at least 80/100. There should not be any non-compliant standards or criteria that could result in serious harm or injury to patients or staff; contravention of critical laws and regulations or serious administration, organisational and/or managerial problems.
On first entry into the COHSASA programme, a facility that substantially complies with the accreditation requirements will be awarded a two-year accreditation.
A facility that re-enters the programme within two years after the expiry of its accreditation certificate will be awarded a three-year accreditation on condition:

  • that the facility's compliance with all standards is exceptional;
  • there is evidence the facility's quality improvement programmes have not only been sustained but improved since the previous accreditation award;
  • the facility agrees to undergo a validation visit by COHSASA within 15 to 18 months of accreditation to ensure that standards are being maintained.

COHSASA confers Graded Recognition Awards to facilities that have shown progress from their first baseline position but insufficient progress to merit full accreditation. The extent and the levels of criteria compliance required for each of these graded awards is calculated using defined algorithms.

Intermediate with a Focus Survey

This award is given to facilities that, it is estimated, are able to address remaining deficiencies in the form of non- or partially-compliant criteria within three to six months.

Intermediate (no Focus Survey)

This award is given to facilities when it is estimated that they will be able to achieve accreditation status within nine to 12 months. The award lasts for two years.

Entry

This award is given to facilities when it is estimated that they will be able to achieve accreditation status within 12 to 18 months. The award lasts two years.