The IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System builds on internationally agreed definitions of Health and Health Promotion as defined in World Health Organisation (WHO) Charters and Declarations on Health Promotion. The System also builds on international experience and research in competency based approaches to Health Promotion, including the Galway Conference Consensus Statement on Domains of Core Competency, Standards and Quality Assurance for Building Global Capacity in Health Promotion, the CompHP Project and other competency frameworks developed globally.

The key points in the System's development are:

  • 2004: An IUHPE EURO Sub-Committee was established with a remit to examine the accreditation of Health Promotion training and education in Europe.

  • 2007: The Galway Consensus Conference Statement on Domains of Core Competency, Standards and Quality Assurance for Building Global Capacity in Health Promotion is published.

  • 2008: A feasibility Study (click here) showed support for the development of a pan-European Health Promotion accreditation system.

  • 2009-2012: The CompHP Project developed Core Competencies, Professional Standards and a Pan-European Accreditation Framework which form the basis for the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System.

  • 2012: The IUHPE Working Group on Competencies and Workforce Development (CWDG) was established to further develop quality assurance systems for Health Promotion building on the findings of the CompHP Project, in the EU and ultimately at the global level.

  • 2013: The CWDG obtained funding from the European Union to pilot the IUHPE European Accreditation System building on the work of the CompHP Project.

  • 2014-2016: The IUHPE European Health Promotion Accreditation System undertook approval of NAOs, accreditation of Health Promotion courses and registration of Health Promotion practitioners within the European Region.

  • 2016: Following expressions of interest and proposals from other regions, the IUHPE Executive Board approves the expansion of the System to the Global level and the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System was launched at the 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion in Curitiba, Brazil, May 2016.