Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment, conducted by external peer surveyors from Accreditation Canada. They conduct a site visits, on-site survey and staff interviews during which they assess an organization's leadership, governance, clinical programs and services against Accreditation Canada requirements for quality and safety. These requirements include national standards of excellence; required safety practices to reduce potential harm; and questionnaires to assess the work environment, patient safety culture, governance functioning and client experience. Results from all of these components are included in a report and are considered in the accreditation decision.

Central Health's accreditation status has been escalated to the next level and Central Health has been Accredited with Commendation by Accreditation Canada.  Central Health achieved a 95.9 per cent compliancy of eligible criteria for standards of excellence and originally received the designation Accredited (Report) in May 2013. This means that the majority of standards were met, with recommendations for improvement within a specified timeline. Central Health was able to fulfill those requirements within the required timeframe and the evidence submitted met Accreditation Canada's criteria for the next level of accreditation. In 2012 Accreditation Canada surveyed 1,066 health and social services organizations, 23 per cent of those were Accredited with Commendation.

Below is the most recent copy (May 2013) of the Accreditation Canada Report for Central Health.