When an agency is "HAP certified" it means that it has been assessed for compliance with the HAP Standard in Accountability and Quality Management (pdf, 777 Kb) by an independent audit. Certified agencies can display the HAP certification logo.
Certification is granted for a three year period subject to a compliance verification audit and a mid-term monitoring:
- Certification audit: This involves interviews with staff, partners and disaster survivors and includes direct observation of operational practises. There are three components:
- Document review
- Head office visit
- At least one programme site visit
- Mid-term progress audit: This takes place approximately 18 months after the certification audit. It focuses upon the Corrective Action Recommendations agreed with the agency at the time of the certification audit.
Agencies wishing to be certified by HAP must first enrol in the certification scheme. This is a simple on-line procedure.
To see the full list of current HAP Certified agencies please visit our Registers page
For further information on the HAP certification process, download the HAP Guide to Certification.
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St Therese camp in Haiti. HAP worked with agencies responding to the earthquake from February to September (2010)
Accountability is not only our responsibility, it is inherent in the missions and the core values that drive ouor organisations and the individuals working in them who strive to save lives, alleviate suffering and support the world's poor in developing the capacity to thrive in self-sustaining communities around the world.
Barbara Wallace, Vice President, Membership and Standards, Interaction, Self-Certification Plus, Monday Developments.