Welcome to the GFAS Accreditation and Verification Application Process!

Before you begin, please review our eligibility guidelines (or watch a video describing these). If you have any questions,  us or check out our Frequently Asked Questions!

1. Step 1 – Form A – General Information

Form A (which can be accessed here) helps us learn more about your organization.

After you complete and submit Form A, our accreditation staff may contact you with additional instructions and follow-up questions before advancing your application.

Instructions to remit the application fee will be sent once your eligibility is confirmed.

2. Census of Animals  and Full Application:

Once the application fee has been received, you will receive Form B (Census of Animals) and the species-specific application package which complements the GFAS Standards of Care.

3. Review Period

After you have submitted the full application, GFAS staff will review all materials and may contact you with additional materials requests and follow up questions.

A site visit to your facility will be arranged so that we can meet you and review your organization’s facilities (we will provide a confidentiality agreement which applies to the visit).

For accreditation, interviews will be held with a GFAS board member either by phone or during the site visit.

For accreditation, interviews will be held with a GFAS board member either by phone or during the site visit.


4. Assessment

Your application will be presented internally to the Accreditation or Verification committee. If there are any compliance items which need to be completed prior to approval, we will notify you and ask you to submit proof of compliance.

We will also set a list of three-year goals for your organization.

5. Accreditation or Verification!

Congratulations! You will receive an award letter that includes the three-year goals for your organization and an official certificate.

Your organization’s name will be published on the GFAS website, and GFAS will publish a press release announcing your approval! You will have access to the benefits of GFAS Accredited/Verified status. Learn more here.


Additional information

An award of GFAS Verification or Accreditation is valid for three years barring unexpected circumstances (learn more). Lean more about the 3-year re-evaluation process here.

An annual fee will be due on May 15 beginning the second year of accreditation or verification. Review the fee schedule here.

Your organization may be asked to provide additional information, such as changes in the number of residents or changes in contact information. It is expected that the organization will continue to comply with standards of care during the three-year period and will report any major changes to the organization to GFAS, will work on any areas identified by GFAS as needing attention or improvement and will respond to any requests made by GFAS.