There are three possible actions the Commission may take following an accreditation hearing: grant accreditation, table accreditation, or deny accreditation.
The Commission will grant accreditation when it is reasonably satisfied that the applicant institution meets all AZA standards.
The Commission may table an institution’s application if it determines that certain conditions must be met or additional information submitted before the institution can be considered as meeting accreditation standards. In addition, the Commission must believe the institution is capable of meeting those standards within one year, and a follow-up inspection is required at the end of that year. If an accredited institution is tabled, it remains accredited during the period of tabling, although tabling indicates that concerns exist.
The Commission will deny accreditation when an institution does not meet accreditation standards at the time and, in its opinion, requires in excess of one year to successfully do so. The earliest time that institutions denied accreditation may reapply is one year after the date of denial (assuming all identified concerns have been sufficiently addressed). Denial of accreditation shall result in loss of AZA membership for institutions that are AZA-accredited at the time. The Commission may rescind accreditation from an AZA-accredited institution at any time if it fails to maintain AZA standards.