Quality Council of India (QCI) is developing 42 standards for hospitals and diagnostic centres under the Clinical Establishments Act and will complete the process by June this year.
“We are in the process of developing 42 different standards for hospitals,pathology labs,Ayush clinics,dental clinics,wellness centres,radiology clinics,etc under the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act,2010,” QCI Secretary General Girdhar J Gyani said.
QCI has started developing the standards and will be ready with them by June-end this year,Gyani added. The Clinical Establishment Act prescribes standards for facilities and services as well categorisation for different classification of clinics. It also prescribes penalty for the defaulters leading to cancellation of licence besides creation of a national registry of healthcare establishments.
The act was notified on February 28 and came into force in Arunachal Pradesh,Himachal Pradesh,Mizoram,Sikkim and all Union Territories on March 1,2012.
“QCI will seek the advice of Indian Medical Association,Dental Association,Department of Ayush,Pharmacy Council of India in preparing these standards,” Gyani said.
The council will assist the government in compiling a national register of clinical establishments and classify these establishments into different categories while developing the minimum standards and their periodic review,he added.
QCI,which operates the national accreditation structure,is an autonomous non-profit body set up jointly by the Indian government and Indian industry.
Its job is to establish and operate national accreditation structure and promote quality through National Quality Campaign.