Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is the purpose of the IPC Portal? What is the national minimum requirements IPC assessment tool (IPCAT2)? How long does the IPCAT MR take to complete? What happens after I complete the assessment tool? What happens if I start the assessment but cannot finish it within one sitting? What does it mean to meet minimum requirements? Who should complete and use this tool? Where can I read more about the minimum requirements for IPC programmes? What happens with the data I submit?

What is the purpose of the IPC Portal?

The Portal is an online platform with access to various WHO IPC assessment tools to support IPC programme implementation. It can be used as a one-off assessment or on an ongoing basis to evaluate and track your programme's success against international IPC standards.

What is the national minimum requirements IPC assessment tool (IPCAT2)?

The IPCAT MR helps countries to determine whether the minimum requirements for each core component have been met and to identify those that need to be improved. This tool is mostly based on selected indicators included in IPCAT2.

How long does the IPCAT MR take to complete?

The tool comprises 25 indicators across six core components. The time it takes to complete will vary, and you may need to gather additional information in order to complete it. Once you have gathered all the necessary information, the tool will be quick to fill in.

What happens after I complete the assessment tool?

Once you have submitted your data, a results report will be generated automatically and which includes specific guidance to help you improve your IPC programme.

What happens if I start the assessment but cannot finish it within one sitting?

All assessment tools can be saved as “partial” until you have gathered all the necessary information to answer each indicator. No assessment tool can be submitted unless all indicators have been answered.

What does it mean to meet minimum requirements?

IPC minimum requirements are the minimum standards that should be in place at either the national or facility level. In order to meet the minimum requirements, you have to achieve all indicators in each core component. Answers are “yes” and “no” only, as all indicators are minimum requirements.

Who should complete and use this tool?

The assessment tool focuses on national IPC programmes to ensure that health care services are able to implement and adopt minimum IPC measures. This tool should be completed by the team or focal point responsible for organizing and implementing IPC activities at the national level.

Where can I read more about the minimum requirements for IPC programmes?

To help you understand the minimum requirements for IPC programmes better, please refer to the WHO minimum requirements for IPC programmes.

What happens with the data I submit?

WHO will ensure that all data submitted are entirely confidential and not shared beyond WHO.