Five Healthcare Professions Preliminarily Assessed to Meet Criteria for Accreditation Process of Accredited Registers

December 20, 2017

After examining the submissions received, the accreditation team considered that five healthcare professions including speech therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, audiologists, and dietitians were preliminarily assessed to meet the criteria for accreditation under the Pilot Scheme.


We will first proceed with the speech therapists profession for the relevant accreditation procedures according to the accreditation standards, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017, with accreditation results be announced by the Department of Health by end of 2017. For the other four healthcare professions assessed to have met the criteria, we will further communicate with them on their submissions and will conduct the accreditation in phases in 2018, depending on the readiness of each profession.


For more information, please visit the Government of HKSAR’s Press Releases.



About the Accreditation Pilot Scheme


Standard and Criteria

To safeguard the public through ensuring the governance of professional organisations and  professional competency of their members, the Accreditation Agent has defined a set of Standards to be met by professional organisations on (1) Governance, (2) Operational effectiveness, (3) Risk management and quality improvement, (4) Standards for registrants, (5) Educational and training requirements, and (6) Management of the register. The Accreditation Agent will review the standards with stakeholder consultation from time to time, and at least every three year, in accordance with relevant research and evidence as well as the development of the professions.


  • Governance

    • The organisation is responsibly governed to meet its defined purposes and objectives 

    • The organisation is required to be a recognized independent legal entity in Hong Kong, which holds a register for practitioners in a healthcare profession, with clear vision and purpose/mission which are communicated to stakeholders. It should demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting the public and promoting public confidence in the profession it registers. 

  • Operational effectiveness

    • The organisation is effectively managed to meet its strategic, operational and financial objectives. 

    • The organisation should demonstrate the ability to manage the register effectively, have sufficient finance to enable it to effectively fulfil its register function, and have complaint management framework and procedures which are made known to stakeholders. 

  • Risk management and quality improvement

    • Risks and opportunities to improve are identified and managed for safe delivery of service. 

    • The organisation is required to have a risk management framework supported by a risk management plan with corresponding strategies and actions. The organisation should also have a quality improvement framework and plan. 

  • Standards for registrants

    • The organisation sets and publishes standards for its registrants. 

    • The organisation sets, promotes and publishes standards of good practice, with due stakeholder consultation, in relation to professional behaviour based on an ethical framework, and technical competence based on a defined body of knowledge of the profession. 

  • Educational and training requirements

    • The organisation sets standards for education and training to enable its registrants to competently practise in the profession. 

    • The organisation requires its registrants to meet its educational standards which define a set of minimum clinical knowledge and skills for all registrants. The organisation is also required to ensure its registrants keep abreast of knowledge and developments in the profession.

  • Management of the Register 

    • By effectively holding and maintaining a Register for its profession, the organisation promotes the health, safety and well-being of service users and the public in order to generate confidence in the Register. 

    • The organisation is required to ensure that the register is accurate, current, easily accessible to the public, and supports all users in making informed decisions. 


Application for Accreditation


The application to the Pilot AR Scheme was closed on 17 February 2017.


Healthcare professional organisations which apply for participation in the Pilot Scheme of the AR Scheme are required to go through a “2-Step Application Process” as follows:


Step 1    

Healthcare professional organisations are required to submit a completed Application Form with response to a list of screening questions for evaluation of readiness in both softcopy and hardcopy to the Accreditation Agent on or before 17 February 2017. Submission after 17 February 2017 will not be considered.


Step 2    

Submissions which are assessed to meet the requirements of the Criteria will be eligible to proceed to Step 2, when the organisation will be given a Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) on accreditation standards. Step 2 is thus only applicable to healthcare professional organisations which have successfully passed the assessment in Step 1. The organisations should submit the completed SAT to the Accreditation Agent by 28 April 2017.  The SAT will be assessed by the Accreditation Agent and an Accreditation Survey will be conducted. The overall accreditation assessment may take around six months. It is expected that the accreditation results of the Pilot Scheme of AR Scheme will be announced before the end of 2017 by the Department of Health.



Contact Us


If you have any enquiries or comments, please contact us at:


Dr Carrie Yam

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

Tel: (852) 2252 8406 ; Fax: (852) 2145 7489

Address: RM202, School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR



Ms Valerie Fung

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

Tel: (852) 2252 8750 ; Fax: (852) 2145 7489

Address: RM202, School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR






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