The Cofrac has opened the accreditation for the inspection bodies in charge of social and medico-social establishments and services (SMSES) assessment.
In France more than 45,000 SMSES care for old people, disabled persons or persons with specifics difficulties. A reform provides the French High Authority of Health (HAS) the responsibility to create a new assessment plan and review the recognition method for the bodies in charge of it. The aim of this reform thanks to accreditation is to measure the quality of the services delivered to people by the SMSES.
The assessment plan relies on the decree nr 2022-742 which makes accreditation mandatory for this activity and presents this assessment process set by the HAS.
On the 16th of May 2022, the Cofrac opened the accreditation for inspection bodies according to the ISO/IEC 17020 standard. To start this reform, the aforementioned decree allows the inspection bodies to assess the SMSES as soon as they get involved in an accreditation process. In particular, the Cofrac has developed a plan in two parts:
The inspection body has a maximum period of 18 months from the date of its positive operational admissibility to obtain its accreditation.
The accreditation scheme is fully operational. A significant number of inspection bodies applying for accreditation have already entered the accreditation process.