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To give official authorization or status. To recognize as having sufficient academic standards to qualify graduates for higher education or for professional practice. In International Law: (1) To acknowledge; to receive as an envoy and give that person credit and rank accordingly. (2) To send with credentials as an envoy. This latter use is now the accepted one.


verb accept, affirm, approve, authenticate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, vouch for
Associated concepts: accredited law school, accredited reppesentative
See also: agree, allow, approve, ascribe, authorize, bestow, certify, concur, confirm, corroborate, cosign, countenance, delegate, empower, honor, indorse, notarize, qualify, seal, sign, support, trust, verify

TO ACCREDIT, international law. The act by which a diplomatic agent is acknowledged by the government near which he is sent. This at once makes his public character known, and becomes his protection.

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DOCPER screens the information submitted based on guidance found in the Civilian Personnel Accreditation Procedures for Italy; legal questions are referred to USSSO.
Additionally, CARF is continuing to use the CCAC accreditation program and procedures as well as the current standards, which focus on three core areas of an organization's business: governance; finance and strategy; and health and wellness.
The AICPA council approved the report of the special committee on accreditation of specialization, which calls for new ventures in accreditation.
At last count we have eight accreditation "product lines," including home healthcare, home medical equipment, behavioral healthcare, foster care and skilled nursing care.
The first accreditation program, introduced by the Colorado Society of CPAs, was intended to address the public's and the profession's concerns prompted by the rapid changes in the capital markets and financial services industry during the inflationary years of the 1970s and early 1980s.
MacDonnell: "In 1995 CARF initiated a three-year plan to study, with the field, the concepts of outcome information in relation to standards, accreditation process, public disclosure and report cards for medical rehabilitation providers.

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