Standards announcements

Our accreditation standards are updated on an ongoing basis to align with current best practice and reflect trends in the human and social services landscape.

December 14, 2022

Field Comment Opportunity

The Residential Treatment (RTX) standards have been revised to better address important topics in the field, including resident voice and choice, family involvement, trauma-informed care, strategies for reducing the use of restrictive interventions, and how to help residents develop the skills to manage challenges and live successfully at home and in the community. These recommended updates are now open for review and comment from the field. Download and review the proposed standards. The deadline to make comments is Jan. 11, 2023.


December 5, 2022

Field Comment Opportunity

Review and submit comments on draft equity, diversity, and inclusion updates to our standards. The field comment period ends Jan. 3, 2023. View our most recent standards updates (2022).


January 15, 2020: Our 2020 Edition Standards are now live! The new standards will affect private, public, and Canadian organizations seeking (re)accreditation. When browsing the standards here on our site, look for the green 2020 Edition tag. Read more about the updates here.  Thank you.

Please note that the 2020 Edition Standards will not impact organizations that are currently in-process; however, organizations can choose to opt into the 2020 Edition Standards dependent on their accreditation timeline and other factors. If you are in-process organization and have questions about the new standards, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact your Accreditation Coordinator.

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February 1, 2021: Our 2021 CYD Standards have launched! Learn more about the standards here.

For more information on the release of new standards sections or significantly revised standards sections, please refer to our News page.

Accredited/in-process organizations and volunteers can access information about standards updates through their MyCOA or VIP account.