IQAS has launched updated standards for allergy services in April 2019, for both general and specialised allergy services. The standards have been released alongside a set of clinical quality and workforce metrics census, to be captured annually.
The revised standards have been aligned with a nationally recognised standard owned and published by the British Standards Institute, which are specifically for clinical service accreditation schemes. For a summary of the changes to the standards please see the IQAS standards update summary.
During extensive consultation on the standards, we received responses from a wide group of people, including services, allergists, immunologists, societies, dieticians, allergy regional networks and allergy services in devolved nations.
Work has been undertaken on all the feedback provided during the consultation. Each person who provided feedback will be contacted individually.
Who is eligible to register with IQAS and to work towards the standards?
The revised standards are for both general and specialised allergy services.
General allergy services
Food challenge tests
Drug challenge tests
Specialised allergy services
Services planning their assessment
Services already registered with IQAS will have until 1 October 2019 to submit their self-assessment and provide a date for their assessment visit, in order to be assessed on the previous standards. However, they may choose to be assessed on the new standards instead, which is also perfectly acceptable. Any service which is not ready for their accreditation assessment by this time will be assessed on the new standards. The IQAS team will have individual conversations with any services aiming to be accredited within the next 6-8 months.
If you have any questions about the new standards, please contact the IQAS team on 0203 075 1508 or email@example.com.
Significant work has been undertaken over the past 18 months on revising the IQAS standards. The revised standards have been aligned with the PAS (Publicly Available Standards) 1616. The standards are available for public consultation in October 2018 for four weeks, aligning with the BSACI meeting.
The PAS is a nationally recognised standard owned and published by the British Standards Institute (BSI). It was created as a framework for clinical service accreditation schemes.
The proposed standards are available for download here and we welcome comments from anyone who would like to contribute. Please provide comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 16th November.
As these standard are based on BSI PAS 1616, certain parts of the document cannot be amended. However, all of the specialty specific information can be tailored.
To go alongside the standards, there is a document of Quality Metrics that underpin the standards. These are attached and open for public consultation until 5pm on Friday 16th November, please send comments to email@example.com
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The public consultation has now closed, if you have any queries regarding the consultation process please email email@example.com
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