The Accreditation Program
AOPO's voluntary accreditation program uses standards that encompass all aspects of Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) operations and practice.
An integral part of the AOPO Accreditation process is how it’s based on a peer-review process supporting OPOs in meeting industry practices and federal regulations. This process not only aids in the validity of the AOPO standards but contributes to the commitment the Standards and Accreditation Committee has to the OPO community.
The intention of the accreditation program is to evaluate the practices of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) as being consistent with regulations and standards set forth by AOPO, government agencies, and federal law. AOPO's goal is to uphold our tenets of maintaining public trust in donation and honoring every Gift of Life and every donor to the fullest.
AOPO accreditation centers on the process and systems OPO’s use to monitor employee performance and ensure staff work within the established guidelines and regulations stated for their jobs. The accreditation process promotes ongoing performance improvements, continued education and training, and create an opportunity to continue building upon current practices that lead to improved overall quality and outcomes.
AOPO Standards are developed by the Standards and Accreditation Committee who oversees AOPO’s accreditation program. The standards are continuously reviewed to stay in line with OPO regulations, government agencies, and federal law. When the Committee revises a standard, they share their recommendations with AOPO Membership to review and comment, then followed by AOPO Executive Committee approval.
Each standard includes an Interpretive Guideline crafted to provide guidance and promote consistency throughout the OPO community and survey process.
Current AOPO standards areas:
- 5 Essential Standards
- Human Resources
- Business Continuity
- Donor Family Services
- Hospital Development
- Public and Media Relations
- Continuous Quality Improvement
- Training and Education
- Data and Information Management
THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS
Participation in the AOPO Accreditation Program is voluntary. The surveyors are volunteers who are regarded as experts in OPO practices, with teams led by a core group of OPO-experienced contracted surveyors. The surveyors are volunteers who are regarded as experts in OPO practices, and the teams are led by a core group of OPO-experienced contracted surveyors.
Following an on-site survey, the survey findings are reported to the full Standards and Accreditation Committee for review. When the Committee approves the survey team's findings, the OPO will be considered AOPO Accredited for a period of three years. The re-accreditation process will begin before the expiration date of the OPO’s Accreditation period with the submission of an application and include the same Accreditation process thereafter. Currently, 57 of 58 OPOs are AOPO Accredited through our voluntary program.
“We had a very knowledgeable team that provided value to the improvement of our organization.”
“Very thorough and professional survey.”
“This team was extremely organized, comprehensive, thorough, and professional. We concluded this survey with the belief that we had just undertaken a solid external review of our policies and practices against industry standard. We received feedback both on areas for improvement and areas where we stand out amongst our peers. Thanks.”
For more information on AOPO Association Sponsorship, please contact Denise Sears, Program Manager.