In March 2011 the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) became accredited under the Information Standard scheme.
What is the Information Standard scheme?
Around 50,000 organisations produce health or social care information, the quality of which can vary greatly, making it difficult for the public to know what, or whom, to trust.
The Information Standard scheme was developed by the Department of Health to help the public identify trustworthy health and social care information easily. At the heart of the scheme is the standard itself – a set of criteria that defines good quality health or social care information and the methods needed to produce it. To achieve the standard, organisations have to show that their processes and systems produce information that is: accurate, impartial, balanced, evidence-based, accessible and well-written.
The assessment of information producers is provided by independent certification bodies accredited by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Organisations that meet the Standard can place the quality mark on their information materials and their website – a reliable symbol of quality and assurance.
It covers patient information leaflets and booklets (but not other literature, such as marketing material).
What does this mean for the IGA?
Over a long six month process our patient information leaflets and booklets as well as the way we produce them was reviewed and assessed. A new production process was set up and we have now started putting some of our leaflets and booklets through it. Each piece of information will need to be reviewed every three years, each review will take about five to six months. Slowly, over the next months and years, you will see appearing on the reviewed leaflets and booklets the Information Standard logo which will confirm that the booklet/leaflet has been updated and the date of its next review.
"We are very proud of this achievement as this shows the great quality of our patient information materials. With the help of patients and professionals, we ensure that people who need our help and support get the best quality information they possibly can so that they understand their condition better and simply carry on with their life with as little worry as possible".
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the marketing department on 01233 64 81 68 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details about the Information Standard Scheme, please visit www.theinformationstandard.org