Rega of Switzerland issued a statement on 21 June on its receipt of accredition by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which it said was granted at the end of May. As a result, said the air rescue provider, it is the ‘first European organisation to be certified for aeromedical helicopter and ambulance jet operations, as well as for medically escorted repatriations’.
Rega CEO, Ernst Kohler, asserted: “We consider the audit procedure conducted by CAMTS to be very credible and the accreditation standards path-breaking.”
Noting that nine international companies outside the US, where CAMTS is based, have received accreditation from the organistation, Rega staked its claim as ‘the first European organisation to receive accreditation for both its air rescue services by rescue helicopter and ambulance jet and its medically escorted repatriations’.
Reflecting on the accreditation process, Rega said that CAMTS’s auditors highlighted the ‘team spirit and smooth collaboration’ between its employees, as well as the ‘uniform manner’ in which the required standards were implemented at each of the 13 Rega bases located throughout Switzerland.
Rega’s accreditation is set to run until 23 May 2019. It is only the second organisation in Europe to be recognised by CAMTS, joining the Embrace Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children's Transport Service, UK.