Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Accreditation and regulation - Key Policy Issues

Regulation and accreditation are essential components of any strategy to improve the performance of a health- care system. Laws and regulations directly and indirectly affect “who in the health care world can do what to whom and where”. Policy-makers can view regulation as a tool in addressing workforce imbalances and other challenges, and meeting the objectives of scaling up health professionals training and education. Key issues to be considered are:

  1. Why regulate?
  2. What to regulate?
  3. What extent of regulation and accreditation?
  4. Who should regulate?
  5. How should the effects of regulation be measured?