Health Facility Standards Guide

National health facility infrastructure and medical device standards (also referred to as health facility standards) are a set of guidelines on infrastructure and medical device specifications recommended in each health facility level in a country. The standards are often designed to help ministry of health (MOH) and hospital officials understand what each level of health facility should look like in a country, and can be used when opening new health facilities, certifying existing health facilities, or comparing facilities to a set standard.

This guide provides recommendations on how to create or improve high-quality, country-specific resources that outline health facility infrastructure and medical device requirements across different levels of the health system. Evaluating a country’s existing health facility standards alongside this guide may lead to improvements in equipment availability, ultimately helping to increase access to medical oxygen and pulse oximetry (as well as other medical devices) across all levels of the health system.

This tool is part of the Oxygen Delivery Toolkit: Resources to plan and scale medical oxygen. The materials provided within the toolkit can be used together or separately, as needed. The complete toolkit is available at

Publication date: August 2020

Available materials

  1. English

    1. Health Facility Standards Guide 430.7 KB PDF
  2. French

    1. Guide des normes de structure sanitaire 455.7 KB PDF