In July 2013, the BC Cancer Agency was awarded Accreditation with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada after an on-site survey of its care and research centres across the province.
Accreditation is an effective, internationally recognized and respected evaluation process used by many countries worldwide to assess the qualities of health services.
This award level is achieved by approximately 30 per cent of health care organizations surveyed across the country.
Using national standards for quality, safety and best practices in oncologic care, surveyors from Accreditation Canada assessed five of the agency’s six centres during their visit from June 9 to 13, 2013:
NOTE: The new Centre for the North was excluded from the formal component of the accreditation survey since it had been open less than one year.
The 2013 accreditation decision for the BC Cancer Agency is based on the Agency’s performance against standards that fall into three main categories: system-wide, population specific and service excellence.
The BC Cancer Agency joins other Provincial Health Services Authority agencies – BC Children’s, BC Women’s and BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) in 2012, along with the BC Centre for Disease Control and BCMHSUS’ Forensic Psychiatric Services in 2011 – in receiving the highest quality standing in Canada.