The ACPA Team Approval process plays a major part in ensuring that ACPA’s Mission becomes a reality.

Cleft and craniofacial teams from the US and Canada can apply to be recognized as an ACPA Approved Team. This distinction is for teams that demonstrate they meet the Standards for Approval of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams – standards that identify essential characteristics of quality for team composition and functioning. The standards are based off The Parameters for Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Cleft Lip/Palate or Other Craniofacial Anomalies, which identify recommended practices for the care of patients.  The Commission on Approval of Teams grants ACPA Team Approval and does not certify or accredit teams. Learn more about approval versus accreditation.

Teams are comprised of experienced and qualified professionals from medical, surgical, dental and allied health disciplines working in an interdisciplinary and coordinated system. The purpose of team approval is to confirm that the team has the commitment and capacity to provide care in a coordinated and consistent manner with the proper sequencing of evaluations and treatments with the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical and psychological needs.

ACPA Approved Teams are listed on the website and are available for the general public to reference when choosing a provider for cleft and craniofacial healthcare needs.

Although ACPA Team Approval does not extend beyond teams outside of the U.S. and Canada, the website also lists teams from around the world as a resource for patients and families. Find out about international treatment programs providing cleft care to different regions of the world.

Please see the ACPA Team Approval Procedures Manual for more information.