Accreditation Canada International celebrates health care improvement
partnership with South Korea

OTTAWA, Feb. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Accreditation Canada International is pleased to announce its partnership with the Environment and Quality Assurance International Certification Center (EQAICC). The EQAICC is an international certification body with head offices in South Korea and Japan, and branch offices in China, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

This new partnership will permit the EQAICC to implement Accreditation Canada's international accreditation program in health care organizations in South Korea.

"We are pleased to bring Accreditation Canada International to Korea," says Dr. Jason Moon, CEO of EQAICC. "The high quality of Accreditation Canada's services will be welcomed in Korea. These services will soon be expanded to Japan and China."

Accreditation Canada International will provide education and training to EQAICC professionals and their extensive network of surveyors. In partnership with EQAICC, several pilot projects with South Korean hospitals will be carried out to identify areas of the program that must be tailored to the South Korean health care system and environment. The hospitals will receive an accreditation recognition decision from Accreditation Canada.

"We look forward to working with EQAICC and the health services organizations in South Korea on their quality improvement initiatives," says Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO of Accreditation Canada. "This is a key step towards the improvement of health care quality and patient safety in South Korea. We are proud to be part of this exciting new endeavour."

Accreditation Canada International specializes in exporting health accreditation expertise worldwide. Accreditation Canada (www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides national and international health and social services organizations with an external peer review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of excellence. Accreditation Canada is accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care, and has been fostering quality in health services across Canada and internationally since 1958.

SOURCE Accreditation Canada

For further information: For further information: Liane Craig, Director, Strategic Communications, Accreditation Canada, 1-800-814-7769 ext. 301, communications@accreditation.ca

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