National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

Is my breast center a good center? Are the doctor's in my center qualified in their area of care delivery? Does my breast center offer the best-practice standards in patient care? How can I be assured, as a patient, that I am getting the best of care in my breast center?

Look for centers or practices that have received the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). If you do not see the accreditation on their literature or in their facility, ask someone at the center. Many centers are now in the process of applying for this voluntary accreditation to validate their state-of-the-art breast health care.

What is the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)?

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a voluntary accreditation program for breast centers in the United States. Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC has developed a detailed on-line application that is completed by the breast centers interested in pursuing NAPBC recognition. Once their application has been completed and approved by the NAPBC, a site surveyor is assigned and an in-person visit is scheduled to review all aspects of the center, including leadership, clinical practice, research, community outreach, patient and professional education, and quality improvement programs. If a center meets the strict inspection guidelines, they are awarded a three year NAPBC certificate stating that they are committed to offering state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care and are complying with the guidelines of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This is a prestigious award that assures you, the patient, that the center or medical practice you have selected is delivering best practice standards of multidisciplinary care.
NAPBC-accredited centers demonstrate the following services:

Accredited programs have proven they are concerned with prevention, early detection, diagnosis, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services and end-of-life care. They offer an availability of a full range of medical services, along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. This approach ensures the provision of continuity of care for women with diseases of the breast.

Look for the prestigious accreditation symbol indicating excellence:


For more information on breast center accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers: