ACCM requires an accreditation agreement with each government served, designating the roles, responsibilities and expectations of both parties. ACCM reports annually to governments. ACCM's report includes details of accreditation activities during the year, a review of the Survey Report received from the medical school, and a note of changes that may have occurred in the medical school or its educational programme and the effects of these changes. The accreditation status of the school is either confirmed, or a change of status is notified.
When there has been an inspection visit to the medical school campus, a full report on the inspection is made to the government, and the medical school's compliance with accreditation standards is analysed and reported. ACCM reviews the medical school's accreditation status after each inspection, and notifies governments of its decision.
Inviting ACCM to be medical accreditation body
In brief, preliminary steps are:
- ACCM processes an application - Profile documentation - from a medical school which may be submitted directly to ACCM (in advance of, or concurrently with, the Government's invitation). If ACCM finds the school to be operating a programme which appears to satisfy standards, it then asks the school to submit a Self-Study, after which a preliminary inspection is made. During this visit, ACCM expects to meet with the appropriate Minister and/or Head of Government.
- After the visit, the inspection team reports to the next meeting of ACCM, at which ACCM decides whether it will accredit the medical school, or whether it recommends actions by the school before accreditation work will be undertaken.
- Government reviews ACCM Standards and Procedures.
- Government approves ACCM as accrediting body for medical school/s in its country (and invites ACCM to commence evaluation).
- Government gives approval by Formal Resolution.
- If ACCM decides to undertake accreditation work, further steps are required to formalise the arrangement. Details on application from ACCM Secretariat.