RNZCUC has developed standards for community-based urgent care clinics in New Zealand, known as the ‘Urgent Care Standard‘ (UCS). The UCS covers all a facility’s important operational aspects. RNZCUC developed the UCS to criteria set by an internationally-recognised Standards authority, JAS-ANZ. JAS-ANZ accreditation was granted in September 2016.
The UCS was introduced in 2000 and substantially reviewed in 2015. It contains “particular requirements”, which provide the RNZCUC interpretation of the statements set out in the UCS. Particular requirements and their interpretation are reviewed regularly.
A list of particular requirements, with additional information and RNZCUC interpretation, is available here.
RNZCUC will review “particular requirements” annually, or earlier if needed, for example, because of a change in legislation, or feedback from the auditing bodies or accredited clinics.
The Facility Audit Subcommittee will circulate proposed variations of particular requirements to the auditing bodies and interested parties for comment. After one month, the subcommittee will consider all comments, and make changes it deems necessary. RNZCUC will then publish the change on its website, along with the date from which the change takes effect, and will promptly notify interested parties, including clinics that are accredited or seeking accreditation, and clinic auditors.