The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the former Cleft Palate Foundation – now ACPA’s Family Services program – created the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) 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. There is no judgment or statement of quality made about established Teams that have not selected 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. ACPA will only recommend ACPA Approved Teams when working with patients and families.

CAT and ACPA 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.