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Centers Seeking Initial Accreditation

Breast centers seeking accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) can apply using the NAPBC Center Portal.

All centers seeking accreditation for the first time are required to submit an application. To access the application, click the “Click Here to Register a New Center” link on the NAPBC Center Portal login page. The primary contact listed on your application will be notified of approval/additional information required within 30 days of submission of your application.

The accreditation process for initial applicants:

Application
  • Review NAPBC Standards Manual to determine eligibility for NAPBC accreditation
  • Centers undergoing initial accreditation are required to provide 12 months of Program Activity
  • Submit online application
  • Review and apply an electronic signature to the Business Associate Agreement, as required for compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Primary contact listed on your application will be notified of approval/additional information required within 30 days of submission

Site Visit Application Record (SAR)

  • Application is approved
  • Center is invoiced accreditation fee 
  • Site Visit Application Record (SAR) is opened 
  • Log into the NAPBC Center Portal and complete the Center Profile
  • Complete and submit the SAR 30 days prior to site visit date

Site Visit

  • Center is assigned a surveyor
  • Site visit date is selected from proposed dates in NAPBC Center Portal
  • Center must complete the site visit within the designated month specified in the application approval letter

Award

  • Center is notified of accreditation award decision and receives the Performance Report approximately 45 days following the site visit
  • The initial accreditation date will be documented as the site visit date
  • If center is accredited for a three-year term, continued accreditation must be maintained by submission of annual compliance attestation and payment of annual accreditation fee

If you have not already done so, please review the NAPBC Standards Manual currently in effect before proceeding with the application. 

Reaccreditation Process

The reaccreditation site visit process:


Site Visit Application Record (SAR)
  • Review NAPBC Standards Manual currently in effect
  • Centers undergoing reaccreditation are required to provide three (3) years of Program Activity
  • Contacts listed in the NAPBC Center Portal are notified via email that the center is due for site visit
  • Log into the NAPBC Center Portal to
    • Submit proposed site visit dates
    • Review/Edit/Confirm Center Profile data
  • Complete and submit the SAR 30 days prior to site visit date

Site Visit

  • Center is assigned a surveyor
  • Site visit date is selected from proposed dates in the NAPBC Center Portal
  • Center must complete site visit 30 days prior to the current accreditation end date listed in the NAPBC Center Portal

Award

  • Center is notified of accreditation award decision and receives the Performance Report approximately 45 days following the site visit
  • If center is reaccredited for a three-year term, continued accreditation must be maintained by payment of annual accreditation fee

Accreditation Maintenance

NAPBC-accredited centers are required to maintain continued accreditation by:

  1. Paying an annual accreditation fee
  2. Completing a site visit every three (3) years. Site visit must be completed thirty (30) days prior to the current accreditation end date listed in the NAPBC Center Portal.

Accreditation Dates

The accreditation date for a center seeking initial accreditation will be the date of the site visit.

Example:

Initial Accreditation Date

Current Accreditation
Date Range

Current Accreditation End Date

Accreditation Fee Invoiced
(billed annually
and e-mailed)

January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014–December 31, 2017

December 31, 2017

November 1 annually

Reaccreditation SAR Available
(3 months prior to current accreditation end date)

Center-Selected Preferred Site Visit Date

Last Date to Submit Reaccreditation SAR
(30 days prior to site visit date)

Last Date for Reaccreditation Site Visit

September 30, 2017

November 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

November 30, 2017