What is NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers)?

NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) is a quality board control of India. The main purpose of its establishment is to operate the accreditation programmes for all healthcare organizations often. NABH was formed in 2005 and is regarded as the principal accreditation for all the hospitals in the country.

Benefits of getting a NABH accreditation?

NABH help in designing an exhaustive healthcare standard for all the hospitals and providers of healthcare in India. The standard is an extremely brief one which consists of 600 plus objective elements. Hospitals need to achieve it to get NABH accreditation. The standards set by NABH are divided into two broad categories. One is the patient-centred standards and the other is the organization centred standards

It also drives the hospitals to have a process driver approach in all the activities which take place in the hospital. The activities include right from registration, admission, pre-surgery, peri-surgery and post-surgery protocols, discharge from the hospital to follow up with the hospital after discharge. Not just the hospital-related activities, but also the government-related activities and aspects are properly process-driven. NABH helps in streamlining all the processes of the hospitals to help and drive them to provide quality services from time to time.


Obtaining NABH certification involves a comprehensive process. Here's a general outline of the steps:

  • Readiness Assessment: Evaluate your healthcare facility's readiness for NABH accreditation. Identify gaps between your current practices and NABH standards.
  • Documentation Preparation: Develop policies, procedures, and documentation that align with NABH standards. This includes clinical protocols, patient care policies, infection control measures, staff training plans, and more.
  • Training: Train your staff on NABH standards, their roles, and the changes required in their practices.
  • Implementation: Apply the new policies and procedures across your healthcare facility.
  • Pre-Assessment: Conduct an internal pre-assessment to identify any remaining gaps or areas for improvement.
  • Internal Audit: Perform an internal audit to review your compliance with NABH standards.
  • Corrective Actions: Address any deficiencies or issues identified during the internal audit.
  • Application: Submit the application for NABH accreditation to the appropriate authority.
  • External Assessment: NABH will assign a team of assessors to conduct an on-site assessment of your facility. They will evaluate your compliance with NABH standards.
  • Corrective Actions and Reassessment: Address the recommendations or non-compliances identified in the assessment report. A reassessment may be required.
  • Final Decision: Based on the reassessment, NABH will make a decision regarding your accreditation status.
  • Accreditation Grant: If your facility meets the NABH standards, you will receive NABH accreditation.
  • Continuous Improvement: Maintain your compliance with NABH standards and continuously improve your practices to ensure ongoing accreditation.

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