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Assessment to the NSQHS Standards
In 2019–20, eight independent accrediting agencies were approved by the Commission to assess health service organisations to the NSQHS Standards. One accrediting agency ceased operation in March 2020. As at June 2020, 1,321 hospitals and day procedure services are required to be assessed to the NSQHS Standards. Health service organisations have to demonstrate that they meet all of the requirements in the NSQHS Standards to achieve accreditation. In response to the COVID‑19 pandemic, accreditation status was maintained from 25 March 2020. Since July 2019, 343 hospitals and day procedure services in Australia have been assessed to the NSQHS Standards. Of these organisations, 72% (247 organisations) met all actions at the initial assessment.