There are five major steps in the CAAS accreditation process.
Step 1: SELF ASSESSMENT
You should familiarize yourself with the Commission’s Standards for the Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Then compare your service’s current operation to the Commission’s standards and implement any necessary changes.
Step 2: APPLICATION
When you feel that your service meets or exceeds the standards, the Accreditation Application Package can be purchased and completed. The completed application and appropriate application fee are then submitted to the Commission.
Step 3: EVALUATION
The Commission conducts an off-site review of the submitted application before scheduling an on-site review. The on-site review consisting of visitation, interviews and observation is conducted by a team of three site reviewers. The reviewers’ role is to gather information needed to verify that the service meets the standards established by the Commission.
Step 4: DELIBERATION
The actual determination of whether the service meets all requirements is made by an independent, impartial Panel of Commissioners. The Commissioners represent health care, law and business.
Step 5: ACCREDITATION
If successful, your service will be recognized for its excellence as defined by the Commission’s high standards. As an accredited ambulance service, you will be able to display the Commission’s accreditation logo with pride on your ambulance vehicles and in your advertising.