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  • Quick facts about CARF

    Mission: The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.

    Moral owners: Persons served are the primary consumers of services. When these persons are unable to exercise self-representation at any point in the decision-making process, persons served is interpreted to also refer to those persons willing, able, and legally authorized to make decisions on behalf of the primary consumer.


    CARF, for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

    CCAC, for Continuing Care Accreditation Commission


    CARF International
    6951 East Southpoint Road
    Tucson, AZ 85756-9407, USA
    (520) 325-1044 or toll free (888) 281-6531 voice
    (520) 318-1129 fax

    CARF Canada
    501-10154 104 Street NW
    Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7, Canada
    (888) 281-6531 toll free
    (780) 426-7274 fax

    1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801
    Toronto, ON M5E 1W7, Canada
    Toll-free: (888) 281-6531 ext. 3010

    CARF Europe
    4th Floor, Rex House, 4-12 Regent Street
    London, SW1Y 4RG, England
    001 (520) 325-1044 phone
    001 (520) 318-1129 fax

    CARF website address:  

    CARF International established: 1966

    CARF Canada established: 2002

    CARF Europe established: 2008

    Status: Nonprofit, independent organization

    Primary business: Accreditation. CARF officially recognizes health and human service providers as having met standards for quality of service.

    Secondary business: Education, research, publishing

    Fields served: Aging services, behavioral health (including opioid treatment programs), child and youth services, employment and community services (including vision rehabilitation), and medical rehabilitation (including durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies) 

    Regions served: North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa

    Accredited providers: 6,800 service providers with more than 50,000 accredited programs and services at 23,000 locations

    Persons served: More than 8 million persons served annually by CARF-accredited service providers

    Surveyors: Close to 1,400 in North and South America, Europe, and Asia

    Accreditation outcomes:

    CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe: Three-Year Accreditation, One-Year Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation, Nonaccreditation, Preliminary Accreditation

    CARF-CCAC: Five-Year Term of Accreditation, Nonaccreditation  

    Revenue sources: Survey fees from applicant service providers, registration fees from seminars and conferences, sales of publications, contributions from International Advisory Council (IAC) members, grants from public and private agencies

    CARF governance: 11-member Board of Directors

    2015 Board Chair: Herb Zaretsky

    President/CEO: Brian J. Boon, Ph.D.

    CARF Canada governance: Board of Directors

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