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Getting Started

 

​Thank you for choosing ABC for your accreditation needs. We look forward to assisting you with the accreditation process. To find out more about our accreditation, please navigate the links below or contact our office.​

 Standards

ABC Central Fabrication Accreditation Standards represent baseline expectations of your facility's physical environment and the functions of fabrication. Accreditation decisions are based on the degree of compliance with the standards. Compliance is assessed as appropriate to the size of facility and services provided. However, all facilities are evaluated on the same set of standards.

Standards are grouped into the following eight categories:

Organization: legal status and legitimacy of the business and the establishment of internal policies and procedures.

Business Records: policies and procedures related to business operations.

Record Keeping: policies and procedures related to customer orders and fabrication records.

Human Resources: policies and procedures for personnel qualifications and human resource management.

Warranty and Recalls: policies and procedures related to warranties, item/device failures and product recalls.

Safety & Equipment: facility safety, safety management and occupational exposure risks.

Quality Assurance: tracking and evaluating organizational strengths and weaknesses and implements improvements to business operations.

Customer Satisfaction: employing satisfaction surveys to identify and implement improvements to business operations

Take advantage of the numerous resources that ABC has created to help you through the accreditation process. These resources can be accessed via the links on the right.

 Applying

Once you have met the eligibility criteria and are compliant with the standards, you are ready to submit your application along with the required documents. We recommend that you do not submit your application until you are ready and available for the onsite survey. Please be sure that your application is complete – all fields are required. The non-negotiable and non-refundable application fee must be included with your application. If your application is incomplete or missing documentation, the accreditation process may be delayed.

Required Documents

  • Please submit the following documents along with your completed application:
  • Non-negotiable and non-refundable application fee
  • Copy of all professional staff licenses and non-ABC certifications – it is not necessary to submit copies of ABC certifications
  • Legal documentation of ownership (e.g. Articles of Incorporation)
  • Narrative of Section VII: Criminal History (if applicable)

If considered necessary, we may request additional information. Your information and application materials are solely used by ABC and its surveyors or as required by law.

You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been received and both an email and written confirmation once ABC verifies that your application is complete.

When you are ready, click here to apply.

Incomplete Applications​
If your application is incomplete, we will send a certified letter to the primary contact listed on your application requesting additional materials. We must receive all requested materials by the deadline indicated in the letter. If your application is still incomplete, your application will be denied and you will need to resubmit a new application and fees.

Incomplete applications will be processed after all required documents and fees are received. Any delay in completing your application could result in a delay in your accreditation.

Falsification of Your Application​
If we discover that you have provided false or misleading information on your application, or that you have misrepresented your accreditation status to outside parties, ABC may take any or all of the following actions:

  • Deny your application
  • Deny reapplication
  • Revoke any existing ABC credentials from individuals found to be responsible for the falsification
  • Refer the incident to the Professional Discipline Committee
  • Pursue legal action against your facility

 Surveys

Once your application is approved, an onsite survey will be scheduled in advance. Onsite surveys will be conducted during your regular business hours, as indicated on your application. All ABC surveyors will be identifiable by their photo identification badge.

During the survey, your central fabrication facility will be measured against standards that directly correlate to the best business practices and process improvement. Each standard is explained in the Centr​al ​Fabrication Accreditation Guide.

To help you prepare for your survey, we have several helpful tools.   

Be sure to start with the comprehensive ABC​ CFab Accreditation Guide which includes a Tips section to help ensure your compliance with the standards. 

Check out the Top 10 Differences Between Passing & Failing List for additional tips and suggestions

Use the Pre-Application Checklist to make sure you have covered the most often missed items​

About our Surveyors

 

  • Background ABC site surveyors have education and training to form a solid foundation for program evaluation. Central fabrication surveyors are specifically trained for these unique surveys.
  • Site Surveyor Training – ABC site surveyors receive formal, organized training through workshops conducted by experienced evaluators representing numerous aspects of the provision of Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS). In addition, ABC has developed training materials to help site surveyors understand the ABC Central Fabrication Accreditation Standards.

 

 Fees

​Applicants​​
The Central Fabrication ​Accreditation program includes fees for the application and the onsite survey.

 

  • Application Fee (non-refundable):         ​ $150
  • Survey Fee:                                                  $950

Annual Fees​
Once your facility is accredited, there is an annual fee for each location. Invoices for the annual fee and a contact verification form are sent in mid-September and are due December 1st. If your payment is not received by December 1st, your facility will not be listed in the ABC directory and will be subject to a $25 late fee. Annual fees cover December 1st to November 30th of the following year. 

  • Annual Fee:     $300​​​​​​

 Accreditation Decisions

​Once your facility is surveyed, the surveyors will submit their reports to ABC. All results are validated and finalized by ABC Accreditation staff. You should receive your survey findings within four weeks of your on-site visit. This summary will include the survey report and your decision letter. The findings will be mailed to you and, if applicable, will explain any further steps your facility needs to take.​

 CAPs

A Corrective Action Plan (CAP) is a document submitted to ABC that demonstrates your facility's compliance with one or more standards that were in question after your onsite survey.

ABC may request a CAP for any of the following reasons:

  • Your facility receives an overall failing score
  • Your facility passes overall but falls below the passing threshold for a full five-year accreditation
  • Your facility missed any standards that are considered mandatory, regardless of overall score. These standards are:
BR.4HR.2
RK.6WR.6

If you receive a request from ABC for a CAP, your accreditation is not final until your CAP has been approved. There is no cost to submit a CAP unless you are required to have an additional onsite survey. If a new survey is necessary, it will be specified in your accreditation decision letter.

​If you fail to submit a CAP by the deadline, your application for accreditation will be denied and any existing accreditation may be revoked. You will then need to submit a new application, including all fees, for an additional onsite survey.

If after you have submitted your CAP, we need more information to make a final decision, you will have one more opportunity to submit materials. You will receive a second request letter with a new deadline and details about what information is still needed.​

 Appeals Process

If you receive a denied or deferred accreditation decision for your facility, you have 15 days from the receipt of the Summary of Findings to submit a written appeal. 

Send your appeal by certified mail, return receipt requested or by verifiable overnight express mail service to:

ABC
Attn: Facility Accreditation
330 John Carlyle St., Ste 210
Alexandria, VA  22314

Your appeal must include the necessary evidence or relevant documentation supporting the basis of your appeal. If you do not appeal the decision within the 15 day time period, the accreditation decision will be final.

If you find it necessary to file a complaint against an ABC accredited facility or an accreditation applicant for non-compliance with ABC's accreditation standards, you may do so h​ere