Applicants seeking certification have a right to request a review of a negative decision and a right to an orderly presentation of views when a decision is appealed. Members of sub-committees rendering a negative certification decision are prohibited from discussing the dynamics of the review process with the applicant or anyone outside the committee until the time for filing an appeal has passed.

415.1 The procedures for filing an appeal, designed to ensure the right of fair process as defined by ACPE, are found in the ACPE 2016 Certification Manual, Appendix 7, Appeal of Negative Certification Decisions.

415.2 An appeal must be based on the grounds that such decision was:

• arbitrary, capricious or otherwise in violation of ACPE standards or the ACPE 2016 Certification Manual; or
• not supported by substantial evidence in the record on which the negative decision was based.