Our initial call for applicants will be open from 1st September – 31st October 2022
The first step in becoming a client organisation in GAMSAS is to complete an online Screening Questionnaire.
This should be completed by the lead or champion for AMS within the organisation and it is important that they have management support for the application.
The questionnaire will allow us to gather some basic information about AMS in your country and details of current infrastructure and staffing within your organisation. Once we have reviewed this information we will contact you to either offer the opportunity to join GAMSAS or provide feedback on why we cannot accept your organisation as a client at this time.
Once accepted into GAMSAS we will assign an External Assessor and a Local AMS Expert from your region to support your organisation with completing a series of four on-line surveys to capture further information about AMS in your country and your organisation’s current provision of AMS, microbiology laboratory services including AMR surveillance and Infection Prevention including Healthcare Associated Infection surveillance. These surveys will provide all the information required by the GAMSAS Accreditation Panel (a team of AMS experts from across the globe) to measure your organisation’s current position against our AMS Standards.
The Accreditation Panel will prepare a feedback report detailing areas of good practice and areas for improvement. The BSAC team will then support you to develop an action plan to address areas for improvement including education to address any gaps. This completes the first accreditation cycle and we will then provide ongoing support to make improvements and to the repeat self-assessment surveys again.
This iterative process will allow organisations to achieve optimal performance with respect to AMS, maximising use of local resources, and potential recognition as a Centre of Excellence.
The final step will be for your organisation to act as a mentor for other organisations in your region/country to support development of AMS and spread good practice.
Using these links you can learn more about accreditation of healthcare services and specifically of antimicrobial stewardship.
We have also prepared some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
If you have any queries about GAMSAS please contact us.