Learn more about:
Accreditation by CARF
Organizations that meet CARF’s defined standards of care have attained the industry benchmark for quality.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centres on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is official recognition that an organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices.
CARF accreditation consists of ongoing consultation and in-depth on-site reviews to help an organization achieve the highest quality of care for its customers.
Accreditation demonstrates that an organization has opened its service delivery and business process to outside scrutiny to improve the quality of its programs.
Accreditation is a public statement that an organization strives to ensure that its services are of the highest possible quality.
What does accreditation mean to persons served?
Accreditation demonstrates to customers that an organization is committed to:
- reducing risk
- addressing health and safety concerns
- respecting cultural and individual preferences
- providing the best possible quality of care
Accreditation also indicates that:
- an organization values the input of its clients and is accountable to the community.
- an organization has made a specific commitment to put the needs of its clients at the centre of everything it does.
- an organization respects the rights and individuality of its patients.
What is CARF International?
CARF International is a nonprofit organization that offers accreditation services and support for health and human services programs.
CARF provides a framework, then consults and advises health and human service organizations to help improve their quality of service. Its goal is to ensure that persons served remain at the centre of the service delivery process.