The Review Process
The review process is designed to insure that multiple reviewers have examined the application for compliance with the requirements. One member of the IRCEP Steering Committee will be appointed to chair the review of each application. Once this assignment is made, the application materials will be made available to all members of the Committee to examine and discuss.
Application reviews are to be completed within six (6) weeks. At the end of this six week period, the review committee chair will collate all review comments, questions, concerns and recommendations for action. The committee chair will determine the appropriate next steps based on the feedback received from all reviewers. The committee chair may choose one of four options:
- If there is consensus by the reviewers to accept and approve the application for registry, the chair may develop a recommendation that the program be approved by the CACREP Board for listing in the Registry.
- If the reviewers have questions or concerns that may be clarified by submission of additional information and/or documentation, the chair may direct the IRCEP staff to contact the applicant program with a request for the additional information.
- If the reviewers expressed concerns in understanding the context in which the program operates, the chair may determine that there is a need to seek consultation from the local experts identified on the application form.
- If the reviewers believe that the applicant program insufficiently meets the IRCEP Requirements, the chair may direct staff to write to the program and ask if it desires to withdraw its application from further review. The written request will outline the areas found to be deficient in the application.
If a program chooses to continue in the process and supply additional information to address the concerns outlined from the initial review, the supplemental information must be submitted to IRCEP within 12 weeks of receipt of the request. Any and all information submitted by the program and/or expert local consultants to address and clarify the questions, concerns, or deficiencies will then be forwarded to the IRCEP Steering Committee for a second review. This 2nd review may take up to six weeks to complete.
At the conclusion of the 2nd review period, the review chair will determine if the program can be recommended for program approval and listing in the Registry. The program will then be notified that a recommendation will be forwarded to the CACREP Board for a final decision at its next meeting - either January or July. All decisions made by the CACREP Board will be final and applicant programs will be notified of the decision within one month following the conclusion of the CACREP Board meeting.