Any structure for hospital coordination wishing to operate in the Brussels Capital Region which, due to its organisation, cannot be considered as belonging exclusively to the French Community or the Flemish Community must obtain accreditation from the Common Community Commission (the COCOM).
The structures for hospital coordination aim to promote coordination between hospitals by integrating them into a network dynamic. They ensure:
- the promotion of the complementarity of hospitals through the optimal diversification of the services offered in order to meet the needs of the population;
- the organisation of consultation between hospitals for the establishment, installation and development of services and medical-technical facilities;
- the organisation of consultations between hospitals with a view to investment in the construction or conversion of buildings;
- assisting and advising the hospitals, in particular with regard to their management.
- ensuring the representation of the hospitals members of the structure, in particular in the advisory bodies and in the joint committees;
- the development of exchange and reflection between hospital staff, in particular to promote and evaluate the quality of medical and nursing care.
Each structure ensures the development of coordination with other sectors, in particular with CPASs, general practitioners' associations, mental health services, home care and home help services and institutions housing the elderly.
A structure must be established as a non-profit association or an association subject to Chapter XII of the Organic Act dated 8 July 1976 relating to public social welfare centres.
Its registered office and the main seat of its activities will be located in the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region.
It must include among its members at least four hospitals recognised by the United College. Hospitals may depend only upon a single approved structure.
Action to be taken
Any application for accreditation must be addressed to the members of the United College of Health, accompanied by an administrative file.
The Advisory Board will issue an opinion with regard to the application for accreditation.
After receiving the advice of the Advisory Board, the United College may decide to recognise the structure or not. Accreditation will be granted for a period of up to six years and may be renewed.