Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Key Policy Issue #5: How should the effectiveness of regulation be measured?

In assessing whether a health workforce that fulfils its social accountability mandate to the population it serves, the education regulation system of health professionals should be assessed in terms of its impact on quantity, quality and relevance on the basis of appropriate indicators. A robust, transparent process of accountability and public reporting mechanisms should be in place to ensure that regulation produces the expected results and that it is not monopolized by interest groups. Evaluation tools produced by the Training for Health Equity Network (2011) or by the Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools (2007) may serve as the basis for the development of such measures that fit the objectives of regulators in a specific country.