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About Us DAP Mandate


The Diagnostic Accreditation Program receives its authority to accredit facilities through the DAP Bylaws of the College of Physicians and Surgeons which are contained in the Health Professions Act. The Diagnostic Accreditation Program fulfills its' mandate by: Established through the Health Professions Act: 

  • Establishing performance standards that are consistent with professional knowledge to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality diagnostic service;
  • Evaluating a diagnostic service’s level of actual performance to achieving the performance standards;
  • Monitoring the performance of organizations through the establishment of proficiency testing programs and other robust quality indicators of performance;
  • Providing education and consultation to health care organizations, managers, and health professionals on quality improvement strategies and "best practices" in diagnostic health care;
  • Reporting to government, stakeholders and the public the performance of the diagnostic health care system as assessed through accreditation;
  • Serving and safeguarding the public

Services and Core Functions

The DAP operates on a continuous quality improvement (CQI) model rather than an inspectorial and strict enforcement of compliance basis, and remains highly committed to supportive, peer-based approaches to accreditation that foster the development of CQI cultures within the diagnostic services. 


Core Functions 

  • Establishing accreditation programs targeted at specific health care services:
    • Establishing optimal achievement goals, standards, criteria and requirements
  •  Establishing programs for assessor training and development:
    • Selecting skilled and appropriate assessors
    • Providing orientation and training to assessors
    • Evaluating and developing assessor performance
    • Ensuring consistency of assessors 
  • Establishing processes of accreditation:
    • Assessment management - assessment planning and self assessment
    • Setting the basis and criteria for awarding levels of accreditation
    • Establishing the duration and maintenance of accreditation
    • Establishing a process for appeal of accreditation decision
    • Reporting accreditation status of organizations to the public 
  • Establishing research and development, and education programs:
    • Identifying the need and requirement for new accreditation programs, standards and/or criteria
    • Collecting, analyzing, comparing, and publishing data, and providing feedback on the performance of diagnostic services
  • Monitoring performance of organizations:
    • Selecting and mandating proficiency testing programs;
    • Establishing new proficiency testing programs or approaches to monitoring performance when there is no existing program available;
    • Developing and monitoring robust quality indicators of performance