CAPRSS is committed to ethical behavior for all who are involved in the accreditation process. The purpose of this code is to describe the high standards of conduct to which our peer reviewers must hold.

CAPRSS peer reviewers:

  1. Value recovery.
  2. Embrace the CAPRSS-defined principles.
  3. Accept assignments within their areas of competency.
  4. Accept assignments only when there is no actual, potential, or appearance of conflict of interest.
  5. Report to CAPRSS any improper Peer Reviewer behavior that represents a violation of ethics or the Code of Conduct.

Throughout the accreditation process, peer reviewers:

  1. Maintain and exemplify a high degree of confidentiality about the process nor an organization’s accreditation status.
  2. Are mindful of the confidential relationship between CAPRSS and the applicant organization.
  3. Discuss accreditation only with person authorized by CAPRSS.
  4. Keep all documents, process findings, and reports strictly confidential.
  5. Take precautions to protect and safeguard any notes, information, or files, both hard copy or electronic versions.

When on Peer Review Site Visits, each member of the Peer Review Team will:

  1. Approach all staff, volunteers, peers, family members, stakeholders, and the community at large with dignity and respect.
  2. Maintain a balance of professional reserve and community-friendliness in self-presentation.
  3. Honor the authority of key leadership and respect organizational protocols within candidate organizations
  4. Minimize interference with the organization’s regular operations and honor organization’s internal policies.
  5. Limit all contact with the candidates to site visit-related business and keep focus on the site visit process.
  6. Accept no gifts nor anything of value from the organization.
  7. Report all findings in an honest and fair manner.


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