The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, in collaboration with the RACGP, developed the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme), which commenced on 1 January 2017. The Scheme aims to:
- provide greater choice for practices seeking accreditation
- improve support programs for implementation of accreditation
- provide practices with access to national data on accreditation performance and enable benchmarking.
Under the Scheme, general practices seeking accreditation must be assessed by an approved accreditation agency. The contact details of the approved agencies are listed in the link below.
General practices due for accreditation before 30 June 2017 will maintain existing arrangements with their accreditation agency. From 1 July 2017, practices undergoing accreditation will need to ensure they use one of the approved accreditation agencies. Further information on the Scheme is available
The RACGP is developing the 5th edition of the RACGP Standards for general practices (the Standards) which will be released in October 2017. Practices will be able to use either the 4th or 5th edition Standards up to October 2018. From November 2018, all practices undergoing accreditation will be assessed against the 5th edition Standards. Further information on the development of the Standards is available at www.racgp.org.au/standardsdevelopment.