The IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System comprises a devolved structure within which National Accreditation Organisations (NAOs) are approved by the IUHPE Global Accreditation Organisation to undertake registration of Health Promotion practitioners within their catchment area. The NAO uses the agreed criteria, procedures, processes and policies outlined in the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System NAO Handbook

Where there is no NAO, Health Promotion practitioners can apply directly to the IUHPE Global Assessment Committee for registration.

Once a NAO is established all applications from practitioners for registration in the NAO catchment area will be processed only by the NAO and applications received by the IUHPE Global Assessment Committee in error will be returned to the applicant with instructions to apply via the relevant NAO.


Types of organisations which may apply to become NAOs

NAOs may be formed by different type of organisations, e.g. a professional association, an established national accreditation organisation, or appropriate organisations reflecting national contexts. All NAOs must be able to make informed and independent decisions about the registration of Health Promotion practitioners. NAOs are required to make formal declarations on any existing or potential conflicts of interest.

While termed 'national', NAOs can operate at any agreed catchment level provided that the applicant NAOs can demonstrate a critical mass of support from the Health Promotion community within the proposed catchment area. For example, it is possible to form a NAO comprising a number of countries based on geographic proximity or mutual interests, an option that is of particular relevance for countries with limited Health Promotion infrastructure. Where there is decentralisation of Health Promotion functions to regions or other geographic or political entities these may also be recognised as suitable NAO catchment areas.

It should be noted that the IUHPE GAO will not be drawn into disputes between rival applicants from the same catchment area/country requesting recognition as a NAO.


Key functions and responsibilities of NAOs

The key function of the NAOs is to manage and maintain the registration of practitioners in their catchment area and to ensure that these practitioners' names are recorded within the Global register so that they are eligible to use the title 'IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioner'.


Structure of NAOs

While it is recognised that there is a need for flexibility in the structure of NAOs to reflect national contexts, they are required to establish a formal governance structure in order to fulfil their role. For example, a NAO can establish a Board of Directors and Committees similar to those at Global level to ensure that all functions, roles and tasks are implemented and evaluated with clarify and transparency. However, it is not necessary to use these exact terms/titles - what it is important is that there is a functioning structure to manage the NAO and undertake key roles and tasks.





Fees for registration of practitioners

NAOs set their own fees for registration of practitioners and make a per capita payment to the IUHPE Global Accreditation Organisation for each practitioner registered (currently set at 10% of agreed national registration fee).


Application and approval process

Applications for approval to operate as a NAO are made to the IUHPE Global Accreditation Organisation by letter (click here). The eligibility of the NAO is assessed using the following criteria.


The NAO must indicate :