Accreditation

Good Medical Practice – it’s what we’re all about

Promoting Quality & Safety Standards

The College ensures the safety and quality of Alberta medical facilities and services. We develop and maintain accreditation standards, assess facilities, register radiation equipment, monitor lab performance and provide approval for physicians to interpret ECGs and diagnostic imaging. Learn more by reading about our different accreditation programs below.

 

Facility Accreditation

Cardiac Stress TestingCardiac Exercise Stress Testing (CEST) accreditation standards ensure patient safety and quality care in facilities performing this testing. The College accredits private CEST facilities where diagnostic tests are interpreted by CPSA members.

Diagnostic Imaging:  The College ensures patient care and safety by setting standards for diagnostic imaging services, personnel and equipment. The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation process is a peer review process that ensures accuracy and reliability of imaging services in Alberta.

Diagnostic Laboratory Testing: Under the Health Professions Act, the College is responsible for ensuring patient safety and quality care in Alberta’s diagnostic labs by setting standards for all aspects of lab quality and operations. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Under the Health Professions Act, the College is responsible for ensuring patient safety and quality care in Alberta’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facilities by setting standards for all aspects of quality and operations. We conduct on-site assessments when facilities open and reassess on a four-year cycle. We also reassess if a facility adds a new service, renovates, moves or a concern is brought forward.

Neurophysiology Testing: Neurophysiology testing accreditation standards ensure patient safety and quality care in facilities performing EEG, Tele-EEG, EMG and EP. The College accredits private and public neurophysiology facilities where diagnostic tests are interpreted by CPSA members.

Non-Hospital Surgical Facility: Under the Health Professions Act, the College is responsible for ensuring patient safety and quality care in Alberta’s Non-Hospital Surgical Facilities by setting standards for all aspects of quality and operations. We conduct on-site assessments when facilities open and reassess on a four-year cycle. We also reassess if a facility adds a new service, renovates, moves or a concern is brought forward.

Pulmonary Function Testing: Pulmonary Function Diagnostics accreditation ensures patient safety and quality of care in facilities offering Pulmonary Function Diagnostics. Our peer review process reviews facility policies, processes and procedures to assess the safety and reliability of the service being provided to patients, the performance of the people involved and the test results produced.

Sleep Medicine: Sleep Medicine Diagnostic accreditation standards ensure patient safety and quality of care in the full range of sleep medicine facilities.The College accredits three levels of sleep medicine facilities: Overnight Polysomnography in a Lab (Level I); Unattended Polysomnography in a Facility or Home (Level II); Home Obstructive Sleep Apnea Testing (Level III)

Vestibular Testing: Vestibular testing accreditation standards ensure patient safety and quality care in facilities performing this service. The College accredits private vestibular testing facilities where diagnostic tests are interpreted by CPSA members.

Other Accreditation Programs

Laser Equipment: The College ensures Class 3b and 4 laser equipment in Alberta has been appropriately tested and meets legislative compliance. We register and re-certify equipment, assess facilities, keep a database of registered equipment and follow up on equipment safety concerns when necessary. Before designated radiation equipment can be used, a registration certificate must be issued by the College. 

X-ray Equipment: The College ensures the safe delivery of radiation health services in Alberta by ensuring all radiation equipment has been verified and meets legislative requirements. We register and re-certify equipment, keep a database of registered equipment and follow up on equipment safety concerns when necessary. Before designated radiation equipment can be used, a registration certificate must be issued by the College.

ECG Examination: With the exception of cardiologists and pediatric cardiologists, physicians who wish to bill the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan for ECG interpretation must successfully challenge the College examination.

Physician Approvals

Some accreditation services and procedures require additional approvals before a physician is authorized to perform them. For a full list of Physician Approvals, visit the Physician Approvals page. 


WE CAN HELP

Liz McBride, Director of Accreditation
780-969-5010 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 5010 (in Canada)
Liz.McBride@cpsa.ab.ca

David Kay, Assistant Registrar, COO & Hearings Director
780-969-4905 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4905 (in Canada)
David.Kay@cpsa.ab.ca