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Central Fabrication FAQs

How long does the Central Fabrication accreditation process take?

It takes approximately three to four months after we receive and approve your application for the entire accreditation process from application to survey decision.

Can I apply for accreditation without having board certified or licensed staff members?

You must have the appropriate personnel on staff before submitting your application.

How often will my CFab facility be inspected?

Most CFab accreditations expire every five years. At that time, you'll need to reapply, and ABC will conduct another onsite survey.

How long will my central fabrication accreditation be effective?

If granted full accreditation, your accreditation will be valid for five years.

Do I need to be compliant with all of the standards prior to applying?

No – you are only required to comply with the standards relevant to the services your facility provides. Please use the Custom Standards Tool to get a personalize list of standards you must comply with based on the services your facility provides.

Onsite Surveys
What if I'm not ready for the survey?

DO NOT submit your application until you are ready for your on-site survey.

Does the facility owner need to be present during the survey?

No. As long as someone can allow the surveyor on site, answer questions and access documents, the owner is not required to be present.

When will I get my survey results?

Results are emailed and mailed 4-6 weeks after your on-site survey. If you have questions about the timeframe or have not received your results after 6 weeks, please email accreditation@abcop.org with your facility’s name and address and we will resolve the issue.

Can I get additional copies of my accreditation certificate?

Electronic copies can be downloaded any time via the links provided in your decision email. Hard copy reprints are available for $25 each and can be ordered directly from your facility’s MY ABC account.

Corrective Active Plan (CAP)
When is a CAP required?

ABC may request a CAP for any of the following reasons:

  • You receive an overall failing score
  • You receive an overall passing score that falls below the passing threshold for a full five-year accreditation
  • You missed standards that are considered mandatory, regardless of overall score. These standards are:






If we request a CAP, your accreditation is not final until your CAP has been approved. If you fail to submit a CAP by the deadline, your application will be denied, and any existing accreditation may be revoked. You will then need to submit a new application, including all fees, for an additional on-site survey.

Is there any cost to submit a CAP?

No. However, if you are required to have an additional on-site survey, you will be notified in your accreditation decision letter. Resurveys do require additional fees.

What should be included in my CAP?

Please use our CAP template .  Your CAP should include:

  • Your facility’s name and address(es)
  • A written plan that address all standards marked Partially Compliant (P) or Non-Compliant (N)
  • Documentation/evidence for each N and P standard
  • Copies of all completed documentation (forms, patient notes, logs, training notes, etc.) showing that changes have been made. No blank templates or forms with sample data!
  • Copies of any meeting minutes or agendas that show that training has been completed
  • Copies of updated policies – please don’t send your entire Policy and Procedure manual only copies of the policies you have updated.

Note: If a completed annual review for your facility is part of the documentation needed for your CAP, we ask that you go ahead and perform the review with the information you have available, even if the scheduled date for that review is after your CAP deadline. This will help us better evaluate your accreditation status.

Remember - DO NOT send original documents, as items submitted to ABC will not be returned. DO make sure all PHI is blacked out before sending it to us!

Once complete, how do I submit my CAP?

Please email your CAP to accreditation@abcop.org or fax to (703) 842-8027.

How will I know that you have received my CFab CAP?

Upon receipt of your CAP, we will send you an email confirmation. If you have not received an email confirmation, please email us at accreditation@abcop.org.

What is the timeline for CAP submission and review?

Your facility’s CAP is due within 60 days of your decision email. Your deadline will be stated in your decision email and decision letter.

What is a Corrective Action Plan?

A document submitted to ABC demonstrating your facility’s compliance with one or more standards that were in question after your on-site survey.

What is the proper format for CAPs?

Address each standard marked N (Non-Compliant) or P (Partially Compliant) in the following example format:

Standard: FS.3.2.2
Description of
corrective action:
We have now completed a yearly fire drill. In the
future, these will be completed on the first Monday of December.
Documentation: A completed copy of the fire drill report, including signatures of employees in attendance.
Can I just submit my entire Policies and Procedures Manual?

No. You must use the format as described above. Any documentation submitted to ABC is not returned, so please do not send any Policy and Procedure manuals!

What if my CAP is incomplete?

If we need more information to make a final decision, you will have one more opportunity to submit documentation. You will receive a second request letter with a new deadline and details about what information is still needed.

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