Since 2006, a dialogue process initiated between the French National Authority for Health
Haute Autorité de santé and the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon has led to the
conclusion of a cooperation agreement between both instances on July 3, 2006. This
collaboration was put into practice in 2007 through close work with public hospitals in order
to commit them to the project.
The accreditation process (standards and procedure) was
reviewed to constantly improve the quality and implement new dimensions relative to
patient safety and assessment of professional practices. Following these efforts, the
Lebanese hospitals have undergone an audit examination as per the new procedure
stipulated by the ministerial decree 482/1 on June 1, 2009.
A new accreditation is in progress due to the ongoing nature of the process.
Practical achievements of the process
- Creation of decisional and state instances to control the accreditation process:
National Hospital Accreditation Committee and the Technical Hospital Accreditation
- Adaptation of current standards to new constraints and international regulations.
- Implementation of the ongoing quality approach (Effective change management) by
different players (public/private hospitals)
- Training of health professionals (600 individuals underwent 3-month training in 19
sessions given in two languages)
- Creation of a team of Lebanese trainers trained by the Haute Autorité de santé and a
team of Lebanese auditors trained by the Lebanese trainers and teams delegated by
- Positive audit results: High quality of health services in Lebanon.
- Preparation of the methodology for ISQua accreditation according to new standards
(International Society for Quality in Healthcare, international accreditation organism)