The Office of Health standards Compliance (OHSC)

The Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) was created by the National Health Amendment Act of 2013, to protect and promote the health and safety of users of health establishments across the country. As a regulator of health services, the OHSC is mandated to conduct inspections of health establishments – from major hospitals to clinics, the independent practices of doctors and other health professionals to monitor whether they meet minimum compliance requirements with the prescribed norms and standards regulations. Health establishments that fail to comply with the minimum norms and standards are issued with compliance notices with time frames to remedy breaches. The draft National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill provides that certification of health establishments by the OHSC will be a precondition to obtain accreditation and ultimately be able to contract with the National Health Insurance Fund.