CBAHI At A Glance

The Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) is the official agency authorized to grant accreditation certificates to all governmental and private healthcare facilities operating today in Saudi Arabia. CBAHI has emerged from the Saudi Health Council as a non-profit organization. The principal function of CBAHI is to set the healthcare quality and patient safety standards against which all healthcare facilities are evaluated for evidence of compliance.

Evolution of CBAHI:


The foundation of CBAHI dates back to 2001 as Makkah Region Quality Program (MRQP), an initiative aimed at improving quality of healthcare delivery in the Makkah region of Saudi Arabia.


In 2005, by a Ministerial Order, MRQP was advanced and named as Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) and its jurisdiction was expanded to the whole country.

National Standards

In 2006, with the help of healthcare quality experts from the public and private sectors of Saudi Arabia, CBAHI developed the first set of national standards for hospitals.

ISQua accreditation

In 2012, CBAHI’s 2nd edition of national standards for hospitals was certified by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

CBAHI accreditation becomes compulsory

In late 2013, when a Cabinet of Ministers Decree called for changing CBAHI’s official name to the “Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Institutions”, it also mandated the national accreditation by CBAHI on all healthcare facilities. In addition, the Ministry of Health is mandating CBAHI accreditation as a prerequisite for renewal of the operating license – a step towards encouraging more participation in this ambitious national initiative.

Mandatory status of CBAHI accreditation:

It is mandatory for all public and private healthcare delivery facilities (hospitals, polyclinics, blood banks and medical laboratories) in Saudi Arabia to comply with national standards set by CBAHI and obtain its accreditation through a survey process set forth by it.

Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

To become the regional leader in improving healthcare quality and safety.

Our Mission

To promote quality and safety by supporting healthcare facilities to continuously comply with accreditation standards.

Our Values


  • We do not accept anything below excellence in the work that we do. This entails a tireless commitment to conceptualizing and applying creativity, innovation, modern technology, and attracting highly-qualified and talented individuals to work with us.


  • Our associates work with each other as well as with the healthcare facilities as a single harmonious, coherent, and collaborative team that has the shared goal of improving healthcare as stipulated in our vision and mission.


  • We are committed to honesty, transparency, and admission of any mistakes without equivocation. We strive to conduct our work in accordance with defined laws and regulations, avoiding conflict of interest or concealment of the truth, whether being in direct attendance or not.


  • We see professional behavior as a synonym to courteousness and respect for our partners, whether they be individuals or organizations. This professionalism encompasses data and information confidentiality, doing the right thing right from the first time, and ensuring maximum accuracy and objectivity during assessment visits.


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