How does the DAP work?
Process for evaluating health-care services
Accreditation assists diagnostic services in evaluating and improving the quality of services they provide to their patients and clients. Accreditation also provides recognition that the service is meeting provincial standards of quality.
The DAP assesses facilities to ensure they meet the accreditation standards for the services they provide. Compliant facilities receive an accreditation award and are added to the DAP list of accredited facilities.
The DAP does not:
- provide competing services
- offer consultancy services
Verifying and assessing requisite credentials
Physicians and surgeons in British Columbia must have the requisite credentials as outlined in the BC Medical Quality Initiative (BC MQI) provincial privileging dictionaries for specific privileges within diagnostic facilities.
Credentialing with the health authorities or through the College ensures physicians and surgeons working in diagnostic services have the training experience and ability to perform the services provided.
Setting standards for each program and diagnostic service
Accreditation standards contain general standards that are similar across the programs and specific technical standards for each diagnostic service. The standards are updated regularly with all technical standards reviewed within a four-year cycle.
The DAP has dedicated staff who work closely with the advisory committees to ensure the accreditation standards are up to date and meet international requirements.
International recognition for standards
The Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Medicine Accreditation Standards have been reviewed and accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (IEEA).
Additionally, the DAP is currently seeking to join the Asian Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) mutual recognition agreement for ISO/IEC 17011.
Funding for the program
Funding for the DAP comes primarily from annual fees paid by public and private diagnostic facilities accredited by the program.
- Public facilities’ fees are paid by health authorities, which are responsible for the public diagnostic facilities in British Columbia.
- Private facilities’ fees are paid by individual facilities accredited by the DAP.
Remaining revenue sources include investment income and application fees.