National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to give recognition to the best performing public hospitals. It aims to provide credibility to the government hospitals.
The NQAS presently gives recognition to district hospitals, CHCs, PHCs and Urban PHCs. It sets standards to improve the quality of healthcare in India. It is broadly arranged under eight â€œareas of concernâ€ â€“ Service Provision, Patient Rights, Inputs, Support Services, Clinical Care, Infection Control, Quality Management and Outcome. These standards meet the global benchmarks in terms of comprehensiveness, objectivity, evidence and rigor of development.