Accreditation and Regulation
What’s the difference?
In general, regardless of the field of expertise, regulations are obligatory and seeking accreditation is voluntary.
- Birth centers are obliged to abide by the laws and regulations that govern them in order to keep a current license.
- Birth centers choose to become accredited to show their accountability and dedication to best practices.
And CABC accreditation does require that birth centers comply with the laws and regulations that govern them, whether they be local, state, or federal.
What happens when laws or regulations mention accreditation?
There are two ways that regulations might refer to birth center accreditation:
- Accreditation is granted deeming status for licensure
If a birth center already has a current accreditation credential from an approved accrediting body, then this credential is used by the regulator in lieu of part, or all, of the regulator’s process for granting the license.
- Accreditation is a requirement for licensure
A birth center must have a current accreditation credential from an approved accrediting body to be eligible for the license. In this case, this credential may also be used in lieu of part, or all, of the regulator’s process for granting the license.
In either case, the birth center is responsible to first get the credential and then supply it to the regulatory agency. Some regulatory agencies request a copy of the accreditation decision letter as part of this step in their process.
The regulatory agency can then contact the accrediting body (the CABC in this case) to verify the credentials provided:
- Anyone can verify that a birth center is currently accredited at VerifyMyBirthCenter.org.
- If the birth center has provided a copy of the accreditation decision letter, CABC will verify the letter and its contents for the regulatory body upon request.
How does CABC relate to a regulatory body?
The CABC has a direct relationship and legal agreement with the birth center. The CABC has an indirect relationship with the regulatory body.
As a courtesy to all involved, CABC will communicate with a regulatory body to inform them of delays in the accreditation process that might affect a birth center’s license expiration date.
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