Accreditation, RACGP 5th Edition Standards - CESPHN is here to help!

The RACGP has developed the Standards for general practices (5th edition) (the Standards) with the purpose of protecting patients from harm by improving the quality and safety of health services. The Standards support general practices in identifying and addressing any gaps in their systems and processes.

With the 4th edition standards closing on 31 October 2018, all general practices going through accreditation from 1 November 2018, will do so through the new RACGP 5th Edition standards.

CESPHN offers support for general practices going through the accreditation process, support might include:

  • providing advice and support on meeting and understanding the RACGP accreditation standards
  • provision of templates and resources
  • advising on key aspects of accreditation including infection control
  • sterilisation and cold chain management
  • delivering mock accreditation visits prior to a practice’s survey visit
  • facilitating on-site training sessions for health professionals and administration staff

Being prepared for Accreditation:

  • Allow time. Start planning your accreditation or reaccreditation at least 12 months or more ahead of time
  • Choose an accreditation agency, there are now four to choose from:
  • Book a visit with your Practice Support Officer from CESPHN to discuss where you will need to start and ongoing support, this will help take the guess work out.

If you would like more information or support on gaining Accreditation for your practice, contact your Practice Support officer at CESPHN on 1300 986 991 or email