Committed to Patient Safety

Historical Overview

Due to the urgent need to regulate healthcare practitioners in the healthcare sector in the State of Qatar , the Medical Licensing Department was established as a department of the Ministry of Public Health under Article No. (9) Of Law No. (13) Of the year 2002, and its responsibilities are defined under article No. (13) of the mentioned law.

Emiri decree No.7 was declared in March 2013, which provided for the establishment of the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) as an independent council rather than being a department within the Secretariat of the Ministry of Public Health; and the Sole authority re sponsible for the regulating of all healthcare practitioners working in both governmental and private he althcare sectors in the state of Qatar.

The council functions through three departments, which work solely and in collaboration on improving healthcare quality and ensuring patient safety. These Departments are:

  • Our Vision

    To become an internationally recognized body for accreditation and regulatory services for healthcare practitioners.

  • Our Mission

    Our Mission is to ensure that healthcare practitioners are competent and safe to deliver quality healthcare services in Qatar.

  • Our Values

    Fairness - Principles of fairness and integrity in everything we do.

    Respect - Respect for ourselves and those we regulate.

    Progressive - Continuous innovation in order to improve and develop our services.

  • Set the specifications and standards in relation to the accredita tion of hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers as training centers for healthcare practitioners.
  • Evaluate the applications for the purpose of registration and licensing in order to grant or revoke licenses to practice.
  • Agree on formation of technical committees for evaluation and investigation relating to different healthcare specializations/scopes, and to accredit specialized scientific and medical committees to undertake the evaluation and equivalence of specialization certificates, as well as deciding the privileges, conducting examinations relating to registration and re-registration or as required.
  • Accredit the basis for evaluating different medical specializations and define the necessary conditions for their approval.
  • Approve examinations held by the specialist committees and ratify the exams results.
  • Accredit healthcare specialization programs criteria and continuing medical education criteria in all healthcare specializations.
  • Set requirements for the ethics of practice of healthcare professions and take necessary actions to ensure compliance.
  • Investigate complaints against healthcare practitioners and the imposition of sanctions.
  • Coordinate and cooperate between regional and international specialized medical councils.
  • Cooperate between educational and academic institutions and different medical authorities to organize training courses for all healthcare practitioners to be qualified for their specializations.
  • Hold and attend symposiums and medical conferences and follow up on the implementation of recommendations.

Annual Reports

Governance Structure Outline Plan