Improving Quality in Allergy Services (IQAS) is the accreditation scheme for adult allergy services in the UK. Services undergo a programme of self-assessment and quality improvement before undergoing a rigorous assessment against the IQAS standards. Services which are shown to meet the standards are granted accreditation.
The IQAS scheme was set up in 2011 in response to discussion within the allergy community about a need to quality assure allergy services. After initiating as a registration programme, it now operates as a full accreditation scheme, with over 20 units registered.
The core aims of the scheme are to:
- set, measure and promote best practice standards for UK adult allergy services
- support quality improvement by services so that they can deliver safe, appropriate and effective care.
The IQAS standards have been developed in collaboration with the allergy specialty and professional bodies around the UK, and cover all aspects of a clinical allergy service. They describe what a good-quality allergy service should provide, and include aspirational standards to drive quality improvement.
For more information about the IQAS scheme, its standards and the accreditation process, please visit the IQAS website.