Medical Travel Standards

The GHA Standards are the foundation of a systematic and objective evaluation process undertaken to determine an organization’s approach to the management of medical travel services.

GHA standards focus on the entire medical travel care continuum. They consider various economics of scale, consumer expectations, cultural differences, and stages of development for health systems or individual organizations.

How GHA Develop Standards?

Global Healthcare Accreditation standards are developed with input from medical travel and international patient services professionals, clinicians, subject matter experts, consumers, educators and legal expertise.

GHA Standards are reviewed and approved when needed by the GHA Standards Development Committee (SDC). New editions of standards are published every three years. Should any minor changes be incorporated and/or industry trends demand reasonable additions or retractions, all clients, prospective consumers and surveyors will be informed (and trained) as required. New standards are incorporated if they relate to the medical travel care continuum and have a new or added positive impact to standards that already exist.

The GHA Standards Development Committee

The GHA Standards Development Committee (SDC) is the group of experts responsible for managing revisions and developments of GHA standards. Members of this committee are from diverse backgrounds and have valuable experience in the international healthcare and medical travel industries.

Additionally, SDC members fulfill the following roles:

  • Making informed decisions on topics for inclusion and selecting the content of the standards through a series of annual meetings.
  • Monitoring, identifying and providing strategic guidance to the Advisory Board and Executive Leadership in standards development.

Learn about the GHA Standards through our available GHA Standards Brief download here.


GHA welcomes feedback on our standards. We provide regular resources to clearly identify and explain the core competencies which we uphold.
To contact GHA regarding specific standards, the accreditation process, or inquiries about specific GHA facilities, please email us at [email protected].