Global Network members have the opportunity to have their performance against the standards independently validated through their national/regional validation programs. This means that the service can be recognised for its contribution to reducing the health impacts of tobacco use and for aligning with best practice approaches in managing nicotine addiction and dependence. It also means that the healthcare service can gain valuable input towards continuous improvement.
Validation is a pre-requisite for healthcare services wishing to apply for participation in a GOLD FORUM Process and so gain membership of The Global Network GOLD Forum.
A national/regional validation process must involve a formal and structured review, conducted by experienced healthcare service auditors and resulting in feedback and a report that provides a basis for further planning and improvement. The process should also result in recognition of the level of performance achieved according to the Global Standards.
For more information about national / regional validation contact your local network.