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Applications Currently Closed

We are currently not accepting new applications for the program due to the upcoming release of our new standards. We anticipate accepting new applications again in August 2019.

Initial Applicants for Accreditation

New centers (not currently participating in the MBSAQIP) seeking status as a MBSAQIP Accredited Center can apply using the MBSAQIP Application Portal link above. It is required that all new centers submit a pre-application before gaining access to the application. Click “Register a New Center” within the MBSAQIP Application Portal to access the pre-application.

Please note that your center must meet all standards and intend to actively pursue accreditation for the designation level sought prior to submitting a pre-application.

Here is a brief overview of the accreditation process for initial applicants:


If you have not already done so, please review the Standards before proceeding with your pre-application.

Existing MBSAQIP Centers

MBSAQIP Accredited Centers are required to submit a renewal application every three years to maintain accredited status.

Here is a brief overview of the accreditation process for reaccrediting centers:


The Primary Contact at your center has been issued a username and password for the MBSAQIP Application Portal. Your center’s renewal application will be made available six (6) months prior to your center’s expiration date and is due four (4) months prior. A renewal notice will also be sent via e-mail to the Primary Contact as a reminder with further details regarding the application process.


Date of Initial Accreditation

Next Triennial Renewal Date

Renewal Application Available
(6 months prior to renewal date)

Renewal Application Due
(4 months prior to renewal date)

Renewal Site Visit Date

January 1, 2007

January 1, 2019

July 1, 2018

September, 1, 2018

December 1, 2018–January 31, 2019*

*This is a tentative date range assuming that all application materials are received on time per the schedule above. The actual date of the site visit will be determined following submission and review of your completed renewal application..

Upon submission of the application, your center will be assigned to a MBSAQIP Program Coordinator, who will be your primary point of contact for the duration of the application process.

International Data Collection Center Applicants

Participation as a Data Collection Center is now available to International Centers.

Please note that participation as a MBSAQIP Data Collection Center is NOT available to centers within the United States and Canada.

Data Collection Centers can apply using the MBSAQIP Application Portal. Click “Register a New Center” within the MBSAQIP Application Portal to access the pre-application. No additional application materials beyond the pre-application are required for centers that are only seeking Data Collection participation. The bariatric surgeon leader (MBS Director) is required to view the MBSAQIP Data Collection Webinar prior to applying. All staff or hospital administrators who will be integral to the successful implementation of a Data Collection program are encouraged, although not required, to view the webinar as well.

BEFORE proceeding to the MBSAQIP Application Portal, you are REQUIRED to complete the following:


  1. Enrollment ChecklistReview the MBSAQIP Data Collection Center Enrollment Checklist
    Please review the checklist to verify eligibility and readiness for participation as a Data Collection Center.



  1. MBSAQIP Data Collection WebinarWatch the MBSAQIP Data Collection Webinar
    Please note that registration is required so that attendance by your MBS Director can be verified by the MBSAQIP. The webinar is pre-recorded so you may view it at your convenience.



Both initial and reaccrediting centers are encouraged to participate in Ask MBSAQIP, our informal, monthly webinar series, and can also listen to previous recording posted.

MBSAQIP Standards and Pathways