The role of the Accreditation Commission is to establish, uphold, and raise the standards of the association. The Commission is tasked with reviewing applications for accreditation and certification, conducting interviews, identifying concerns, and evaluating all available information in order to make final decisions. In addition, Commission members monitor accredited institutions and certified related facilities in between cycles, and provide mentoring, training and guidance.
The Accreditation Commission consists of a Chairperson, eleven voting Commissioners, and four non-voting Advisors who specialize in the fields of operations, animal welfare and management, and veterinary medicine. Commission members are required to maintain impartiality at all times and to take action based upon AZA standards and policies. Appointees must actively serve as accreditation inspectors, must hold leadership roles at their institutions, and must be considered as experts in their fields.
Service as a Commissioner or Commission Advisor requires countless hours evaluating voluminous materials, lengthy reports, agreements, policies, procedures, inventories, and standards. In addition, there are inspection-related duties, and attendance at exceptionally long meetings at which difficult decisions must be made that affect individuals, institutions, and AZA as an organization. Those who serve must fulfill these duties faithfully. Without their strong work ethic, willingness to scrutinize, dedication to fairness, and determination to apply our standards equally to all, the accreditation process could not exist. We owe all of them our thanks!
Although service on the Accreditation Commission is one of the most time and labor-intensive assignments in AZA, it continues to be an appointment highly sought by qualified colleagues.
Here is the list of current Accreditation Commission members.