Small Healthcare Organisations


Small Health Care Organization (SHCO) Accreditation Program

SHCO Accreditation Program:The accreditation program for Small Healthcare Organizations (SHCO) was started in the year 2010 with the aim to ensure quality and patient safety to the hospitals with upto 50 beds and that are in possession of supportive and utility facilities that are appropriate and relevant to the services being provided by the organization.

Ten chapters of SHCO Standards are:

a) Access, Assessment and Continuity of Care (AAC)
b) Care of Patients (COP)
c) Management of Medication (MOM)
d) Patient Rights and Education (PRE)
e) Hospital Infection Control (HIC)
f) Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQ)
g) Responsibilities of Management (ROM)
h) Facilities Management and Safety (FMS)
i) Human Resource Management (HRM)
j) Information Management System (IMS)

Benefits of Accreditation

a) Patients are the biggest beneficiary as implementation of accreditation standards ensures Patient safety, commitment to quality care resulting in good clinical outcomes.
b) Improves patient satisfaction and increases community confidence as services are provided by credentialed medical staff.
c) Accreditation status provides good marketing advantage in the competitive healthcare.
d) Accreditation provides an objective system of empanelment by insurance and other third parties

Who can apply?
Small Healthcare Organization (SHCO) that fulfills the following requirements.

# Currently in operation and registered as a healthcare provider, hospitals below 50 beds are eligible to apply under this program.
# Day Care Centers, Super Specialty Centers, Specialty Centers with up to 50 Beds are eligible to apply under this program.
# The organization that commits to comply with NABH standards and applicable legal / statutory / regulatory requirements.

· Polyclinic
· Diagnostic Centre

How to apply for accreditation?

All aspiring healthcare organizations desirous to achieve accreditation can apply online by registering on the NABH website. Kindly refer the General information brochure in the SHCO accreditation page on NABH website.

How much is the Fees?

Rs. 1500/-
General information brochure Free of cost
NABH SHCO 2nd Edition Standard

Are there any trainings conducted for the programme?
NABH Secretariat organizes training sessions on understanding of NABH standards and implementing them in the organizations in form of Programme on Implementation (POI), for healthcare organizations desirous of taking their organizations for accreditation. These sessions are taken by faculty from NABH who are senior assessors. The details of these trainings, dates, venue and fee information are available in the NABH website

NABH has taken a new initiative to conduct free master classes on various topics under the rubric "NABH Quality Connect-Learning with NABH". The master classes are conducted every month. The topics include: Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Hospital Infection Control, Management of Medication, Document Control, Clinical Audits, Continual Quality improvement, Hospital infection prevention etc Apart from this guidance material is available at “Resource” page of NABH web portal

Kindly visit the below link to attend training programmes being conducted by NABH.

How to procure a copy of the standards?

The standards can be purchased online and the hard copy of the standard shall be dispatched to the address submitted while purchasing the same. Cost of the same is Rs. 1500/-

To obtain a copy of NABH standards, kindly click on the below shown cover page


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