About the CAAASF

The Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (CAAASF) is a national organization formed in 1990 to ensure that surgical procedures done outside a public hospital are performed safely and carefully.

It is a voluntary organization of doctors some of whom are members of the CSAPS. CAAASF members have chosen to have their facilities inspected by their colleagues because they want their patients to have the assurance of a safe alternative to in-hospital surgery.

Anyone considering having cosmetic plastic surgery in a Canadian private surgery facility should ask if the facility is listed with the CAAASF.

The aim of the Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities is threefold: to establish facility and equipment guidelines that member facilities must meet before being certified; to designate appropriate qualifications for individuals working in an ambulatory surgical facilities; to ensure that these standards are maintained in the day-to-day operation of the facility ( In-House Quality Assurance Program ).

Surgery today requires sophisticated instruments and monitoring devices. In a CAAASF accredited facility, procedures are performed in a modern operating suite with equipment necessary to ensure the safest possible operating conditions. Proper space for the safe evacuation of patients in the event of fire must be assured. Emergency electrical power must be available in case of
power failure to allow surgery to continue safely. A CAAASF accredited facility meets and may exceed, the same standards of safety and patient care as those required in a hospital outpatient unit. An accredited facility provides you with a safe environment specifically designed to accommodate your surgical needs.

All surgery performed in a CAAASF facility must be done by a fully qualified surgeon certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He or she must be eligible to perform the same surgical procedures in an accredited hospital.

This protects the public from surgeons doing procedures for which they are not qualified to perform. The assisting personnel must be appropriately certified for their role in an accredited facility, just as they would in a government hospital. In those facilities offering procedures done under a general anaesthetic, a certified anesthesiologist must give the anesthesia.

To maintain accreditation, member facilities must provide evidence that the standards set out by CAAASF are adhered to in the day-to-day workings of the surgical unit. This is accomplished by written reports and periodic inspections.

The entire aim of the Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities is to protect the public from potential problems that could arise because surgical procedures were done in a place improperly equipped for a given procedure.