accreditation program

Fees and Deadlines

Fee Structures for 2021

Pay Annual Fee

Organizations seeking accreditation are required to submit a non-refundable application fee following application approval. This fee covers the cost of the initial site visit. All applicants granted full accreditation pay an annual fee. Annual fees cover the cost of regular site revisits. The costs for interim site revisits conducted before the three-year interval, whether initiated by AAALAC International or the institution, are generally borne by the institution.

AAALAC International determines the group classification during the review of the application. This classification, based primarily on the size of the facility and the time necessary to conduct a site visit establishes a fair fee schedule. The established fee schedule may be amended, as necessary, to reflect the costs of operating the accreditation program. Revocation of accreditation shall be automatic if a unit is twelve (12) months in arrears for payment of fees.

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The 2021 application and annual fee schedules are as follows:

Group #
(based on square feet of animal facility)
Group #
(based on square metres of animal facility)
2021 Application Fee
(U.S. dollars)
2021 Annual Fee
(U.S. dollars)
I.       < 1,000 < 93 $4,620 $3,205
II.       1,000 - 9,999 94 - 929 $7,150 $4,545
III.       10,000 - 24,999 930 - 2,322 $7,795 $5,285
IV.       25,000 - 49,999 2,323 - 4,645 $8,880 $6,925
V.       50,000 - 99,999 4,646 - 9,290 $11,190 $7,280
VI.       100,000 - 199,999 9,291 - 18,580 $13,380 $9,050
VII.       200,000 - 499,999 18,581 - 46,451 $16,655 $11,175
VIII.       > 500,000 > 46,452 Negotiated Negotiated


Important Dates

AAALAC conducts its evaluations on a trimester schedule...

  • Winter trimester (January - March) — Program Descriptions due December 1. Council on Accreditation meets in May.
  • Summer trimester (May - July) — Program Descriptions due April 1. Council on Accreditation meets in September.
  • Fall trimester (September - November) — Program Descriptions due August 1. Council on Accreditation meets in January.