The Recognition Programme delivers an independent, transparent and rigorous method of ensuring that accreditation of medical schools worldwide is at an internationally accepted and high standard. WFME evaluates compliance of accrediting agencies with pre-defined criteria.
The Recognition Programme was established in response to two primary concerns:
WFME does not accredit individual medical schools, however through the Recognition Programme, WFME evaluates the legal standing, accreditation process, post-accreditation monitoring, and decision-making processes of an accreditation agency for programmes or schools of basic medical education. WFME Recognition Status of an agency confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in its accredited schools is at an appropriate and rigorous standard.
Through the Recognition Programme, WFME aims to ensure patient safety through competent practising doctors; and it aims to protect medical students from studying in poor quality schools.
Benefits of WFME Recognition Status
- For everyone – the existence of an accreditation system that has not been recognised does not guarantee the quality of programmes
- Students – protection against education in sub-standard medical schools
- Employers – an authoritative measure of the quality of accreditation, and the standard of accredited medical schools
- Accrediting agencies – an indicator of international best practice
Global mark of recognition
Recognition Status is the indicator to the medical education community, to students and to employers that the quality of medical education in schools or programmes accredited by that agency is to an appropriate and rigorous standard.
Learning and driving up standards
Through the process of recognition – self-evaluation and feedback from the expert visiting teams – WFME shares best practice and provides quality improvement measures. Some of these will be a condition of Recognition Status; others will be quality improvement recommendations.
ECFMG Recognized Accreditation Status
In 2010, ECFMG introduced medical school accreditation by a recognized accrediting agency. This initiative is now known as the Recognized Accreditation Policy. “Recognized accreditation” means that the accrediting agency of a medical school has itself been reviewed and recognized by an external quality assurance organization. This quality assurance/recognition organization, in turn, has been reviewed and approved by ECFMG. Medical schools accredited by an agency that is recognized by an organization approved by ECFMG will satisfy the requirements of this policy. WFME is one of the organizations approved by ECFMG.