Should be requested within 8 months of entering the Designation Phase
Once the areas identified during the Readiness Assessment Interview are corrected, the facility will send a letter to BFUSA requesting that the on-site assessment be scheduled. In addition, BFUSA requires an updated Facility Data Sheet with 4 weeks of actual data, collected within 2 months of the on-site assessment, along with the most recent infant feeding policy and Fair Market Price Code Compliance Verification Form.
The on-site assessment is a two-stage process. The first is the on-site assessment conducted by a BFUSA assessment team. Upon completion of their visit, the findings are compiled into a report, blinded and sent to the BFUSA External Review Board (ERB). The ERB determines whether or not the facility has fully implemented the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria. Upon determination that the Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria have been met, the facility will officially be designated and granted a license to use the Baby-Friendly certification mark. If the facility does not pass the on-site assessment, there is a corrective action process that may require a re-assessment when identified problems have been corrected.