Resource Spotlight: Building Stronger Human Resources for Health through Licensure, Certification and Accreditation

Credentialing Mechanisms
Credentialing mechanisms

Credentialing of health care providers, facilities and educational institutions is an integral component in building and sustaining robust human resources for health (HRH) systems. The credentialing mechanisms—licensure/registration, certification and accreditation—are among the most frequently used quality assurance tools in health care and serve as valuable instruments in the broader function of health care regulation. This technical brief examines the characteristics and potential advantages of these mechanisms and common challenges faced in implementing them in low-resource settings. Author’s description

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