Volume 11 | No. 5 | Sept / Oct 2023 query_builder 1 minute

Accreditation programs have launched new standards on cultural safety and humility

DAP and NHMSFAP update


The College’s two accreditation programs, Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) and Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP), have developed and published new Indigenous cultural safety, cultural humility and anti-racism standards in response to Indigenous-specific racism within the health-care system.

These standards are applicable for all DAP and NHMSFAP facilities in BC. 

Facilities are expected to be compliant with the standards by July 1, 2024. 

The accreditation program’s standards were developed from the six core concepts outlined in the College’s Indigenous Cultural Safety, Cultural Humility and Anti-racism practice standard for all registrants. The practice standard was published on February 25, 2022, following extensive consultation with Indigenous people. 

The core concepts include:

  1. Self-reflective practice: Health-care professionals undertake cultural humility by self-examining their values, assumptions, beliefs, and privileges embedded in their own knowledge and practice, and consideration of how this may impact the health-care relationship with Indigenous patients. 
  2. Building knowledge through education: Health-care professionals continually seek to improve their ability to provide culturally safe care for Indigenous patients by undertaking ongoing education on Indigenous health care, determinants of health, cultural safety, cultural humility, and anti-racism.
  3. Anti-racist practice: Health-care professionals take active steps to identify, address, prevent and eliminate Indigenous-specific racism.
  4. Creating safe health care experiences: Health-care professionals facilitate safe health-care encounters where Indigenous patients’ physical, mental/emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs can be met.
  5. Person-led care: Health-care professionals work collaboratively with Indigenous patients to meet the patient’s health and wellness goals.
  6. Strength-based and trauma -informed practice: Health-care professionals seek the knowledge of how intergenerational and historical trauma affects many Indigenous Peoples during health-care experiences.

The College also has a comprehensive list of cultural safety, cultural humility and anti-racism learning resources. Other helpful learning resources are available through the First Nations Health Authority.