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In France, the organism responsible for evaluation of care and accreditation is the Agence Nationale d'Accréditation et d'Evaluation en Santé (ANAES)
One of the missions of ANAES is to establish state-of-the-art documents about diagnostic and therapeutic strategies in medicine, then to contribute to enhance quality and safety of care in hospitals and private medicine.
The Agency makes evaluation studies about methods and clear principles and use extensively deep analysis of scientific literature as well as advices of health professionals (technological evaluation studies, elaboration of recommandations and medical references...).
ANAES organizes and/or labels "Recommandations for Clinical Practice" and "Consensus Conferences" about some large clinical, diagnostic or therapeutic themes.
It drives in health institutions and private medicine, actions of evaluation of professional practices, education about clinical audits, programs in order to enhance quality care. It contributes also to evaluate actions and programs of Public Health.
ANAES is the competent authority to realize the procedure of accreditation planned by the ordinance of April 24th 1996.
Accreditation of an institution is an external procedure, totally independant of it and tutelage organisms, realized by professionals, evaluating its functioning and practices. This evaluation aims to secure quality of care given to the patients and to promote a politic of continuous development within the institution.
All the institutions involved in Health, public or private, have to take the necessary steps. Accreditation concerns all the institutions.
The judgment about the reimbursement is another task of ANAES. It must give scientific and technical, but above all independant opinions about the list aof acts, prestations and providings that are be reimbursed by Health Insurance.
9 méthodologic guides,
76 references themes and professional recommandations,
38 consensus conferences, organized or approved,
15 recommandations for clinical practice,
35 studies of technological evaluation.