IAC Application Review

In-House Review

An in-house review to assess the completeness of the application is conducted by the IAC staff. This preliminary review does not include the technical components of the application. If obvious information has not been included in the application (e.g., case study selection, missing protocols), the staff contacts the facility to request the needed information. It is advantageous to the facility to send this requested information promptly. The in-house review does not guarantee that the Board of Directors will not request additional information, but does assist in avoiding some unnecessary delays.

Application Review

During the course of the in-house review, the application is assigned to two application reviewers who conduct a simultaneous, independent review. Over the next four weeks, the application reviewers complete a detailed review of the clinical components, including the case studies, for adherence to the Standards.

Notification Letter

Upon the review and rendering of the accreditation decision by the Board of Directors, the Director of Accreditation notifies each facility, in writing, of the Board's decision and, if applicable, any additional information required to grant accreditation. These notification letters are given priority and are sent via postal mail in the timeliest manner possible. Two copies of the correspondence are sent to the facility; an original to the Medical Director, Nurse Manager and Technical Manager. As new correspondence is uploaded to your application, your facility’s Medical Director(s), Nurse Manager(s) and Technical Manager(s) are automatically notified via e-mail. This enhancement is an asset to facilities that are in the process of applying for accreditation as it enables instant access to these vital communications from the IAC.

When accreditation is granted, two copies of the official certificate, two accreditation decals, one lapel pin, one embroidered patch, press release and corresponding media list form and instructions for downloading the Seal of Accreditation accompany the letter. These materials are sent UPS Ground to the attention of the Medical Director, Nurse Manager and Technical Manager.

As illustrated above, there are a number of avenues through which an accreditation application must travel in order to complete the process. However, it should be reassuring to facilities that the process of reviewing applications and determining accreditation decisions, though somewhat lengthy, is thorough and intensive — a fitting complement to the time, effort and preparation put forth by those seeking accreditation.