Quality assurance & the Netherlands Institute for Accreditation in Healthcare (NIAZ)
If you are one of our patients, you want to be sure that you are getting the best possible care. We maintain the highest possible level of patient care and safety. This is why we conduct our own internal checks at Erasmus MC. External accreditation by NIAZ is also very important to us.
NIAZ (Netherlands Institute for Accreditation in Healthcare) inspects Erasmus MC regularly to ensure that we continue to meet their high quality standards. Erasmus MC was last inspected by NIAZ in September 2016. Auditors (highly experienced staff members of other healthcare institutions) visited Erasmus MC. They checked whether the working agreements and working methods are being properly carried out. Among things inspected were:
- The administering of drugs.
- The handling of medical equipment.
The audit team concluded that our quality has greatly improved and that we also have a very good quality system in place.
We maintained our accreditation status. This means that you can be assured that Erasmus MC will provide you with care that meets all applicable quality requirements. Erasmus MC has been re-approved for the period 1 February 2017 to 1 March 2021. The next audit will take place in September 2020.
The NIAZ accreditation is an added incentive for the further development of our quality policy. We always focus on providing patients with the best possible care.
Our own quality assurance procedures
We also regularly conduct our own internal checks. An example is the integrated audit. Colleagues who have been trained to conduct audits do so in a department in accordance with NIAZ standards. This means that in addition to organization-wide accreditation, departments themselves also continually work on improving their quality.
Healthcare quality insights
How do you know whether a hospital offers high-quality care? Which hospital is the best for a specific treatment? In order to provide more information about the quality of healthcare, hospitals have created the Ziekenhuischeck (hospital check) website.
This website shows you the results of each hospital. You can also compare hospitals at ziekenhuischeck.nl.