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: