The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) created the Commission on Approval of Teams to manage an approval process that facilitates the improvement of team care and ensures accurate information is provided to patients and families/caregivers regarding services provided by Teams that meet the Standards for Approval of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams.

ACPA team approval is a voluntary and non-exclusionary process. The Commission grants ACPA Team Approval and does not certify or accredit teams. Learn more about approval versus accreditation. There is no judgment or statement of quality made about established Teams that have not elected to apply for approval; nor is holding approval required in order for health care professionals to organize and advertise themselves as a team.  However, all teams that apply for evaluation and demonstrate compliance with the standards will be listed as ACPA Approved Teams on the website and are available for the general public to reference when choosing a provider for cleft and craniofacial healthcare needs.

ACPA and the Commission offer no opinion as to any specific course of treatment for an individual patient and any decisions to undertake a course of treatment, and the content of such treatment is a matter solely between the patient and the treating team.