New health facility design standards for Abu Dhabi

Health Authority Abu Dhabi launches new health facility design guide.

At the launch of the new health facility design standards in Abu Dhabi.
At the launch of the new health facility design standards in Abu Dhabi.

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi, has launched new healthcare facility design standards.

These set the requirements for health facility design and construction, as well as the prequalification of healthcare design consultants.

The standards aim at improving medical outcomes and minimising errors caused by inappropriate healthcare facility design, and is a step towards improving the knowledge base for the healthcare industry.

The new standards are a comprehensive tool that all future healthcare facilities, as well as currently refurbished ones, need to comply with to be licensed.

“All healthcare design consultants who wish to design and submit projects for licensing applications will need to be pre-qualified in accordance with the standards,” said HAAD health facility licencing manager Adeeb Al Zaabi.

“Owners and operators of healthcare facilities will need to be familiar with the new standards as they engage consultants and embark on new projects.”

The new standards provide in-depth information and ready-to-use standard components for the briefing and design of healthcare facilities at no cost.

The new standards are set out under 5 parts as follows:

1. Part A - Administrative Provisions: Outlines the licensing process for healthcare facilities and the prequalification process for design consultants.

2. Part B - Health facility briefing and planning: Includes architectural and healthcare facility planning standards.

3. Part C - Ergonomics, occupational health and safety: Includes the over-riding requirements for access, mobility and security.

4. Part D - Infection control: Incorporates the requirements for infection prevention and control.

5. Part E - Building services and environmental design: Focuses on the engineering systems and environmental settings such as temperature range, humidity control, etc.

“The standards will be used for the evaluation of applications for healthcare facility licensing as well as inspections. Some pre-existing international standards have been referenced in these standards. However, the specific and unique requirements over-ride any other standards,” said Al Zaabi.

The new standards have been prepared by a team of specialists, drawing on their experience in creating such standards as well as information from around the world with specific customisation for the UAE. These are among the most detailed and comprehensive standards of their kind in the world.

Aladin Niazmand, global director of TAHPI, health facility planning specialist, said: “These standards place emphasis on achieving health facilities that reflect current healthcare functions and procedures in a safe and appropriate environment. They represent patient-focused, research-based, modern and efficient planning principles.”

The new HAAD health facility standards are available through HAAD website www.haad.ae/hfg.

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