From The CEO's Desk

Dr. Atul Mohan Kochhar


National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), a constituent board of the Quality Council of India, established in 2005, is in its 19th year of creating an ecosystem of quality in healthcare in India and has built itself as a national accreditation body over the years. NABH is structured to cater to the needs of the consumers and sets standards and benchmark for the progress of the Indian Healthcare Industry. NABH stands for its values: credibility, responsiveness, transparency and innovation in healthcare industry of the country and hence NABH accreditation is used as an empaneling criteria by various government organizations. NABH has given the country national standards or ‘Desh ka Standard’ and are in line with the vision of ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’. These standards help to build a culture of quality and patient safety at all level and across all the function of healthcare organizations in the changing healthcare environment.

All NABH standards have been developed in consultation with various stakeholders in the healthcare industry and if implemented help the healthcare organizations in stepwise progression to mature quality systems covering the entire spectrum of patient safety and healthcare delivery. NABH provides accreditation to hospitals in a non discriminatory manner regardless of their ownership, legal status, size and degree of independence. NABH, as an organization and NABH standards for hospitals are internationally recognized and benchmarked. The accreditation of NABH standard for hospitals authenticates that NABH standards are in consonance with the global benchmarks set by ISQua and thus hospitals accredited by NABH will have international recognition. The NABH organization & the hospital accreditation standards are internationally recognized and benchmarked. NABH is an Institutional as well as a Board member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (lSQua) and Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua) and a member of the Accreditation Council of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
Currently, NABH is offering more than 20 accreditation, certification and empanelment programs for various types and maturity level of healthcare providers. NABH is the only accreditation body that has an accreditation system for Traditional Medicine worldwide. It has independent standards for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy.

The standards are designed to facilitate ease of understanding and implementation. The healthcare industry has endorsed and adopted NABH in a big way. Overall, the dream of a self-reliant Quality health system is only possible when high quality, affordable and accessible health services are being provided to all equitably and NABH is committed to this vision. There is a growing recognition of the importance of accreditation, as a useful tool for patient safety and more healthcare facilities are expected to seek accreditation in the coming years as patient expectations continue to rise and the healthcare system in India evolves. As we progress through and anticipate the trends of upcoming years a, the healthcare landscape is marked by a commitment to leveraging technology, enhancing patient-centered care, refining value based models, improving interoperability, addressing population health, prioritizing mental health, and preparing for global health challenges. These advancements collectively contribute to a healthcare environment that is more responsive, accessible, and focused on delivering high-quality care to diverse populations. Keeping an eye on these trends is essential for stakeholders across the healthcare continuum as they navigate the complexities of an ever-evolving industry. NABH has the mandate and remains committed to ensuring healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages (SDG-3-Target 2030), creating a culture and an ecosystem of quality in healthcare taking Quality, Safety and Wellness to the last in the line.


Dr. Atul Mohan Kochhar

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