Have you ever wondered why healthcare, a field driven by certifications/accreditations, does not have a certification/accreditation for compliance programs? We at the Health Ethics Trust pondered this question 15 years ago. Organizations with outstanding compliance programs need a mark signifying this to their stakeholders. Mindful of this, in 2008 we launched Compliance Program Certification.
Compliance Program Certification is a peer review process following objective standards. These standards were developed by a panel of nearly 100 compliance officers and are published in Best Practice Standards for Compliance Programs.
The reviewers who conduct Certification reviews are compliance officers who have completed a special course on assessing compliance programs. (See opposite column.) The process is similar to that used for the Baldrige National Quality Awards.
Organizations that have experienced the Certification process find it more useful than a regular compliance program assessment. The recommendations offered by the reviewers are more practical than those of consultants.
Leadership recognizes the importance of reputation management and may not have considered the compliance program as a source of organizational pride. Certification is a good way to show leadership a return on its investment in compliance.
If your compliance program merits recognition, consider Compliance Program Certification. Learn more about Compliance Program Certification at https://healthethicstrust.com/certification/programcertification/.
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