Accreditation is an objective and systematic measurement of how well an institution meets operational standards. Evaluation uses validated standards developed by peers.
Centers voluntarily seek accreditation because of its educational value. Accreditation is an award for the center; an accomplishment for the center’s staff; and a critical assurance for those that use, support, and fund the center’s programs.
Many middle and low income countries still lack processes for licensing of midwifery centers. In these countries, accreditation by a non-governmental organization is especially important, as it is the only formal mechanism by which clients, local communities, and funders may be reassured that a center is meeting operational standards. This is especially important in the areas of respectful care and human dignity.