The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., the largest not-for-profit accrediting organization in the United States, was established in 1980 to develop a standardized accreditation program to improve the quality of medical and surgical care at ambulatory surgery facilities. AAAASF's goal is to promise high standards for patient care and safety in accredited facilities.

Today more than 2000 ambulatory surgery facilities are accredited by AAAASF and many more facilities are in the process of accreditation. These numbers have increased dramatically in several countries and communities who understand the value of accrediting surgical facilities. Surgeons, legislators, state health agencies, national health organizations and patients all acknowledge that AAAASF is the leader for setting "Gold Standards" for quality patient care. There are still far too many ambulatory surgery clinics operating without accreditation, peer review or inspection processes. AAAASF is the leader in legislative efforts to help facilities, patients, organizations and communities around the world mandate the accreditation process.


Q: How much does it cost to become an accredited facility?

A: Our fees are based on how many specialists work in the surgical facility. See our Fee chart.

Q: Do I have to meet all AAAASFI's standards?

A: Facilities must be in 100% compliance with all standards and practices during and after the accreditation process.

Q: How long does it take to become accredited?

A: Once your paperwork is complete and your floor plan has been approved, the AAAASFI office can usually secure an inspector to evaluate your facility within 30 days.

Ready to become an accredited facility? Please review our free standards of excellence to see if your facility can qualify. For accredited facilities, check out our accredited clinics.