Field Visitation Policy
All centers must undergo a field visit when first applying for accreditation. Every accredited center will then be completely re-evaluated every eight (8) years.
- On the 8th year after the last full evaluation or re-evaluation, each center will complete re-accreditation paperwork, undergo a mandatory field visit, be invoiced for the Re-evaluation Fee, which they will submit with their application materials, and be invoiced for the Field Visit Fee once the center is approved for the on-site visit.
- Centers are placed into the re-accreditation process based on the month of the last accreditation Approval letter they received from the Chair of the IACS Board of Accreditation. For example, if the date of the last Approval letter was April 20th , then April 1 is their anniversary date. The center will receive re-evaluation materials to complete one month before the anniversary date, which would be on March 1. All centers undergoing re-evaluation are given four (4) months to submit the completed application materials, so in this scenario the re-evaluation materials must be submitted no later than July 1st. Once approved for a visit, it could take up to 6-months before a field visit team is assigned to visit a center.
- During the intervening years between the initial Accreditation, and the 8th year re-evaluations, centers will submit IACS Annual Report materials. The Board of Accreditation can request that a re-evaluation review with a mandatory field visit be conducted if they feel it is warranted based on any paperwork submitted during the 8-year cycle.