The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories is offering a worldwide accreditation program for pet crematory facilities, the first and only accreditation program ever to be established for the pet aftercare industry, the group said.
Through the IAOPCC accreditation program, pet crematories are evaluated against a pool of more than 240 standards that represent the best practices in pet cremation care and pet crematory management.
An international task force of crematory operators and a veterinary professional created, and continually update, the standards to reflect the latest developments and improvements in pet after care, pet cremation techniques, records, cleanliness, staff and client safety and a host of other areas essential to excellent pet and client care.
Since 2009 the IAOPCC Standards Committee, a group of eight pet crematory owners and operators located throughout the United States and Canada, have met monthly to develop these intense and rigorous standards. The accreditation standards, processes and program of inspections were rolled out in January of 2014 across the United States, Canada and worldwide to its members.
A Beloved Friends Pet Crematory of Northern Nevada, in Reno, was the first pet crematory in the United States to successfully complete the accreditation and inspection process. They were awarded their accreditation status on April 1.
Founded in 1971, the IAOPCC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the standards, ethics and professionalism of pet cemeteries and crematories worldwide. Recognized as the leaders of the pet aftercare industry, they have members in more than 15 countries.