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Product, Service and Facility Approval


Approval Process

If you are interested in having your product, service or business approved there are four steps to the program.

  1. Initial Review
  2. Product Testing or facility approval 
  3. Reference and background check
  4. Approval Report

Initial Review

The APA has a pre-determination process to decide if a product meets testing guidelines or a business is eligible. For example, we are currently not testing foods or chemicals. Each product or company must be individually evaluated.

The fee for approval varies depending on the business or product. In most cases the fee is less than five hundred dollars. The fee will be determined after the initial review. If you are looking to have a product approved, you should be prepared to provide enough product for proper evaluation.

Product testing or facility approval

Products are tested in real world environments by APA staff, APA members and associated humane and veterinary facilities.

Services and facilities are either personally visited or have to submit detailed photos, references and facility policies, which are all reviewed and confirmed.

Reference or background check

The APA has an innovative reference checking procedure that helps to eliminate fraudulent information. References are able to be effectively checked assuring the APA Approval is accurate and of great value to consumers.

Approval Report

A report is issued as to the results of testing or inspection in most circumstances. When an approval is issued, camera ready approved logo artwork, facility plaque, and approval stickers are sent to the facility along with guidelines for their use. The product or business will also be featured at our web site. If a product or business does not pass, and the required improvements are made, it may enter the approval process a second time at no charge.

To get started, please select the proper department below for your business. Or if you have already read the information and would like to apply, please go here.