ABC offers blackout dates to give your facility flexibility and peace of mind that an ABC surveyor won’t show up while you’re on vacation, at a conference or simply short on staff at a particular time. We encourage you to have a plan B and blackout dates are a great option for those situations. Unfortunately, over the years we have noticed misuse of this policy and limited availability will only further delay your onsite survey. We have updated our Blackout Policy as follows:
We must ensure that our surveyors have sufficient time to plan and make travel arrangements. If an ABC surveyor does show up to your facility and they cannot conduct the survey, it will result in a failed survey and a denied/revoked accreditation. We certainly don’t want that to happen!
As we head into the New Year, it is a good time to sit down with your staff and determine when blackout dates would be beneficial for your facility. That way, everyone has an opportunity to plan ahead. We want the accreditation and survey process to be smooth for everyone. If you have any questions regarding blackout dates, please contact us at email@example.com.