Eligible applicants for Vital Records/Health Statistics accreditation include the 57 jurisdictional areas identified by the National Center for Health Statistics within the National Vital Statistics Collaborative Program to fulfill its legislatively mandated mission to produce national vital statistics. The state or territorial health department does not have to be accredited for the VRHS Unit to apply. However, approval from the Director of the State or Territorial Health Department or from the Secretary of State in the case of New Hampshire, is required.
To be eligible, such entities must operate in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and territorial statutes, rules, and regulations.
PHAB instituted a fee structure to manage and maintain the national accreditation process. Applicant fees are necessary for PHAB to provide quality services to both applicants for accreditation and accredited health departments. Public health department accreditation is not a “one-time” event; it is an ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement.