Licensing & Accreditation of Healthcare Facilities


As part of the National Healthcare Strategy (NHS) 2011-2016, the Ministry of Public Health is implementing a project that aims to establish a unique integrated healthcare facility licensing and accreditation system for the entire continuum of care in Qatar.

The National Healthcare Facilities Licensing and Accreditation Program is an integrated program that includes enhanced facilities licensing requirements based on objective international benchmarks, Qatar regulations& legislations, best practice in healthcare quality and patient safety.

The National Program is based on international best practices and in line with the International Society of Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) International Accreditation body that accredited the accreditation body to be awarded as international recognized Program. In this integrated program, healthcare facilities licensing allows the MOPH to evaluate facilities and provide a foundation of basic requirements that already adopted in earlier stages when undergoing accreditation to ultimately improve healthcare quality.

The main objective of the program is to build an effective system of continuous quality improvement while keeping Qatari citizen, visitors and expatriates safe when experiencing care. The result will be a more streamlined process for health care facilities that are undergoing the licensing and accreditation process, allowing them to focus on what they do best - serving their patients.


Promote quality health care through an integrated licensing and accreditation program.


To be recognized as leaders in driving excellence in quality and patient safety.


  • - Quality/Excellence – Striving for excellent performance

  • - Accountability – Taking responsibility for and reporting on our performance

  • - Teamwork – Working cooperatively with each other and our stakeholders

  • - Active Customer Focus – Appropriately meeting our clients' needs

  • - Respect/Integrity – Acting professionally, ethically, confidentially and with respect in all that we do

Steps of licensing and accreditation of healthcare facilities within the national program


Advantages & Benefits of the National Program

  • - Facility focus & service specific standards.

  • - Infrastructure standards (physical environment) based on best practice & Qatar legislations.

  • - Processes based on clear policies & procedures.

  • - Based on scientific risk matrix assessment model and group decision.

  • - Facility achieve approximately 30 % compliance to accreditation standards.

  • - Enables on-going self-analysis of quality performance in relation to the standards.

  • - Improves the organization’s reputation among end-users and enhances their awareness and perception that the facility has reached a standard of quality care and patient safety.

  • - Compliance with international best practice.

  • - Standardized structural and operational quality and patient safety requirements.

  • - Enhanced public trust in Qatar healthcare facilities have met evidence-based standards.

  • - Streamlined process, which makes it easy to proceed for accreditation.

  • - Provides a framework to help create and implement systems and processes that improve operational effectiveness and advance positive health outcomes.

Main Components of the National Program

  • - National healthcare quality framework.

  • - Integrated licensing and accreditation standards.

  • - Training module.

  • - Peer reviewer model.


National Training Program