IMIA Accreditation Procedure
3. The third step in the IMIA accreditation procedure is the evaluation of the assessment report and the overall conclusions expressed in it by the IMIA accreditation committee. This committee verifies whether the program meets the standards that are defined in the IMIA accreditation framework. The IMIA accreditation committee takes a final accreditation decision and lays down its findings in a final accreditation report.
When the IMIA accreditation committee has approved the quality of the educational program and the fulfillment of the IMIA recommendations, the program is accredited. This means that the program receives a written certificate signed by the IMIA President and the IMIA Vice President of Special Affairs, and it is included in the relevant official register of IMIA. This registration means that the degree awarded by the program is recognized by IMIA for a period of five years, after which the institute can decide on re-accreditation of its educational program(s).
Finally, the panel’s assessment report and IMIA’s approval of accreditation of the programs are published by IMIA on its website. The Accreditation is valid for five years, after which the program can be accredited again. In the new self-assessment report the program has to show how it dealt with the recommendations made by the site visit committee on the prior review. Programs can be accredited on a provisional basis for 2 years, after which it is re-evaluated to determine if it meets the recommendations on the first review.
For details see: IMIA assessment framework for the BMHI education accreditation system.