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(Allied) Health Education Program Standard - CAN/HSO 40001:2020 (E)

(Allied) Health Education Program Standard - CAN/HSO 40001:2020 (E)

$119.00 CAD


This is the first edition of the Health Standards Organization HSO 40001:2020 (E), (Allied) Health Education Program Standard. The standard outlines requirements and provides guidance in the following areas:

  • Student attainment of competence
  • Student interests and rights
  • Educational program resources
  • Educational program management, oversight, administration, and structure
  • Quality improvement and innovation

The standard specifies requirements for health education programs to conduct educational activities that enable graduates to deliver quality health services to patients and families. The content was prepared by the HSO Technical Committee on Health Education Programs.This standard will be undergoing periodic maintenance. HSO will review and publish this standard within five years of the date of publication.

Standard type: This standard is intended to be used as part of a conformity assessment.
The technical content of the standard consists of clauses, criteria and guidelines.

  • Clause: Introductory statement for a set of criteria. It is not a goal statement.
  • Criterion: A requirement that is to be evaluated. May be referred to as a sub-clause.
    In this standard, criteria use the following auxiliary verbs.
    • Shall/Shall not: is used to express a requirement. A provision the user is obliged to satisfy to comply with the standard.
    • Should/Should not: is used to express a strong recommendation that is expected to be followed unless there is a strong reason not to.
    • May/Need not: is used to express permissible provisions within the limits of this standard.
  • Guideline: Additional information to help understand the criterion. It does not contain new information of
    evaluation content.



This standard specifies the requirements that institutions are expected to meet in the design and delivery of all components of their health education programs to ensure they are effective and integrated.
This standard provides:
Educational institutions and clinical settings with national guidance on program quality for health education programs.
Regulators with a national standard on which to base the accreditation of health education programs.
External assessment bodies with measureable requirements against which to assess health education programs.
This standard is intended to be used along competency profiles and provincial requirements, where applicable.


This standard applies to health education programs in professions whose representative organizations have accepted and endorsed the standard. For the purposes of this document, the (Allied) Health Education Program Standard will hereby be referred to as the Health Education Program Standard.

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Standards available for purchase through this E-Store are considered HSO standards and must only be used in accordance with applicable HSO Terms of Use or client agreement and are not applicable for assessment purposes. If you are part of an assessment program such as the Qmentum accreditation program, with one of our partners including Accreditation Canada, Qualicor Europe, IQG, or IQMH, your assessment body will provide you with the assessment standard prior to the standard being incorporated into your program and used for surveys or assessment purposes. For information on assessment standards, or to obtain the version specific to your program, please contact your assessment provider.

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