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What is the “Affiliate Standard”?

All accredited healthcare merchants must comply with our ten rigorous standards. Standard 10 (the “Affiliate Standard”) requires that a merchant’s Affiliates must also comply with all program standards. For purposes of our program, the term “Affiliate” is defined broadly to include any entity that:

  1. shares or has shared in the past 12 months ownership with the merchant; or  
  2. may be involved, either directly or indirectly, in the merchant’s services. 

Examples include, but are not limited to:

Our Affiliate Standard is intended to be applied broadly in order to protect patient safety.