Planning permit and programming
A new hospital or a hospital that wants extra beds must first apply for a planning permit. However, the new capacity of a setting must fit in with the programming ((opens in new window)). This is the planning of how many beds of each type will be needed in Flanders in the coming years.
You will find additional information on applying for a planning permit ((opens in new window)) on the Agency for Care and Health website.
Applying for (provisional) accreditation
When you apply for accreditation as a psychiatric hospital or hospital unit, you will first be given provisional accreditation. Provisional accreditation is valid for 6 months and may be renewed.
When your provisional accreditation expires, the Flemish Care Inspectorate will carry out an audit. The Agency for Care and Health will subsequently award the accreditation based on the outcome of this audit. The accreditation is valid for a maximum of 6 years. In the case of new hospital units, the period of validity is aligned with the period of accreditation of the hospital as a whole.
You will find additional information on applying for accreditation ((opens in new window)) on the Agency for Care and Health website.
Arranging compulsory admission to a psychiatric hospital
The implementation and monitoring of compulsory admission ((opens in new window)) to a psychiatric hospital comes entirely under the authority of the Flemish Care Inspectorate (Dutch: Zorginspectie).