Innovative Technologies 2011Accreditation is regarded as one of the key benchmarks for measuring the quality of an organization, along with its products and services. In the US, standard setting by industry leaders with peer review is widely accepted. Preparing for accreditation will disclose the company's strengths and weaknesses. This stage of the process provides information for management to make decisions regarding operations, whether they are business or patient-care related, in order to improve effectiveness and efficiency of business performance. In other words, organizational self-examination should result in better planning, implementation and further evaluation of all processes.

Accreditation standards provide the catalyst for organizational management strategy. The on-site survey validates the application of those strategies and determines if the company is actually performing according to the goals and objectives it has adopted in its system.

Successful accreditation can reap many benefits for the company. The following is a list of typical results of companies becoming accredited: