INTERNATIONAL
HEALTH FACILITY
GUIDELINES (iHFG)

This is the home of International guidelines for the planning, briefing, design & construction of healthcare facilities. These guidelines place emphasis on achieving outcomes which reflect current healthcare practice in a safe and appropriate environment at a reasonable facility cost. They represent patient focused, research based, modern and efficient planning principles.

Mission and Objectives


IHEEM in association with its knowledge Partners TAHPI brings you the International Health Facility Guidelines, an open-soured encyclopaedia of knowledge for healthcare design and construction. These Guidelines are generic and not based on any specific Country’s laws, regulations or preferences. They represent an International outlook to the discipline of Health Facility Planning. The material on this website is offered as a source of information for learning and research as well as a possible alternative outlook to healthcare design.

Healthcare facilities need to be efficiently planned, appropriately briefed, competently designed and quickly delivered. They need to be sustainable in every respect as an essential public service. Therefore they need to carefully balance the required features and standards against capital and operational costs without compromising the quality of care. Sustainability demands that the precious knowledge of healthcare design be shared rather than wasted after every successful project. These guidelines bring that shared knowledge to the world to achieve these key objectives:

  • Establish the minimum acceptable standards
  • Maintain public confidence in the facilities which comply with these guidelines
  • Provide a basis for the approval and licensing of healthcare facilities
  • Provide guidance to designers on the special needs of healthcare facilities
  • Consider the wellbeing, safety, privacy and dignity of patients, staff and visitors
  • Eliminate design features that result in unacceptable practices
  • Allow Health Authorities to require compliance with these guidelines
  • Provide a knowledge base to inform future healthcare design consultants

Users are encouraged to contribute to the contents of iHFG by offering articles, guidelines, refinements, new templates and general guidance. Such offers will be evaluated and may be incorporated in the future editions of iHFG with an acknowledgement to the contributors.

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