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Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2002, 2 - : 54-54 Back to browse issues page
Accreditation: Non-governmental and Voluntary?
Saman Tavakoli , Azim Mirzazadeh, Shiva Golshahirad
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Accreditation, as an approach to quality assurance and improvement, has a hundred-year history in the United States. Other countries have started to establish such systems in the past twenty years. Recently, we have witnessed numerous discussions and some practical steps toward establishing accreditation systems in Iran. A major practical challenge for such newer accreditation systems is that although such systems are traditionally non-governmental and voluntary, some of the systems that are established based on the accreditation model, in countries like Iran, are governmental and participation of programs and institutions in their evaluation process is mandatory. This has led to the question whether such systems essentially could be referred to as accreditation systems. In this article, we have reviewed the history of accreditation systems, and their background, origin and evolutionary process. Based on the existing literature and also expert opinion in this field, we tried to explore the hypothesis that the non-governmental and voluntary characteristics of such accreditation systems are as much a product of dominant tradition and cultural backgrounds of their countries of origin than being essential characteristics of an ideal accreditation system. In addition, we explored the notion that in these countries, recent policies that affect financial support of accredited programs and institutions might have reduced the importance of these features.
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Received: 2007/05/27
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Tavakoli S, Mirzazadeh A, Golshahirad S. Accreditation: Non-governmental and Voluntary?. Iranian Journal of Medical Education. 2002; 2 :54-54
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