Useful resources for general practice teams

Aiming for Excellence

Aiming for Excellence is the RNZCGP standard for New Zealand general practice. Below are copies of the current and new Aiming for Excellence standards, plus a comparison between the two standards to show you what has changed: 

  1. 2016 Aiming for Excellence
  2. 2016 Aiming for Excellence: Evidence to load guide
  3. 2011–2014 Aiming for Excellence
  4. 2011–2014 Aiming for Excellence: Interpretation guide
  5. 2011-2014 Aiming for Excellence: Evidence to load guide
  6. 2016 Aiming for Excellence: Quality standards comparison
  7. 2016 Mandatory criteria changes for CORNERSTONE® Annual Programme

Webinar Resources

In March 2018 we started a series of webinars to support practices in achieving and maintaining CORNERSTONE accreditation.

View the webinar videos, slides and resources

Foundation Standard

The current version of Foundation standard plus a summary of changes from the previous version

2016 -Foundation Standard guide

How to meet Foundation Standard if you provide general practice services in residential care facilities

If you provide general practice services in residential care facilities and have no physical base, you can apply for an exemption from the premises-based criteria outlined in the spreadsheet below. Complete the form below and return to 

2016 - Foundation Standard exemption form

2016 - Criteria for general practice services in residential care facilities

Useful resources

Clinical Record Review Self-Audit Checklist (PDF 657KB) | (Word Version)Use this tool to conduct your record reviews (formerly Medical Record Review Tool). Each clinician is required to review 10 records each. Print or complete electronically.
Health and safety information - Update for Aiming for Excellence as a result of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
Health and safety things to think about - A handy list of things to think about for health and safety in your practice.

Useful Links

Practice Managers and Administrator Association of New Zealand

Medical equipment and resources

Updated guidance for Foundation and CORNERSTONE® practices regarding the requirements for medical equipment and resources, in particular electrical standards.

Foundation Standard Medical equipment update
Aiming for Excellence Medical equipment update for CORNERSTONE® practices

General Practice ICT Security Checklist

checklist provided by Patients First to help you undertake both a self-assessment and quick independent assessment of the baseline ICT security within your practice.

RNZCGP Policy brief: Managing patient test results

Policy Brief: Managing patient test results - This paper provides advice and assistance with the development of systems to support GPs and their practice team in managing patient test results safely and effectively.


On 8 September 2017, the College gave a presentation at the Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand (PMAANZ) conference on How you become a quality general practice in the New Zealand setting (PDF).