UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program

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UHMS Accreditation means that your facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through our rigorous evaluation of the adequacy of your facility, equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within our specialty. UHMS is committed to providing, promoting, developing and raising the quality of care across the spectrum in scientific communication, life sciences and clinical practices of hyperbaric medicine by promoting high standards of patient care and operational safety. If your facility is part of this elite group, congratulations! If not, let us help you get started.

  • UHMS Accreditation is the gold standard in hyperbaric facility accreditation (HFA) and the UHMS HFA program has surveyed and accredited over 267 facilities in nearly 20 years
  • The UHMS HFA program is the only hyperbaric specific accreditation to be recognized by The Joint Commission as a Complementary Accrediting organization under the TJC’s Cooperative Agreement Initiative


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UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program (HFA) announces the launch of the new secure online platform for electronic submission of all facility accreditation survey documentation. It will be located on the HFA page on the UHMS website along with the instructions.

We will be launching HFA Application/Presurvey Questionnaire (HFA SA/PQ) on August 1, 2018.

You will now be able to submit the application, presurvey questionnaire, and additional required documents in one place. We will receive them once the “submit” button is clicked.

You will no longer have to submit multiple files via email! After August 1, 2018, we will no longer accept submission via email. If you have already provided your documentation for surveys scheduled after August 1, 2018, you will not have to resubmit.

For further information, please contact:

Derall Garrett                                                                    Beth Hands
HFA Director                                                                     HFA Coordinator
derall@uhms.org                                                              beth@uhms.org
(210)404-1553                                                                 (210)404-1553
877-533-8467 x106                                                          877-533-8467 x105


  • "Our multiplace program at Mayo Clinic Rochester began clinical operations in 2008 and has grown into a very busy practice severing a large number of patients with a wide range of indications include complex hospitalized cases. We wanted to establish a practice that followed the principles of evidence based medicine and maintained the highest levels of patient and staff safety. We turned to the UHMS published guidelines and accreditation standards to design our program’s staffing, policies and procedures with a goal of becoming accredited by the UHMS within 2 years of practice.

    "We have now been successfully surveyed twice, once in 2010 and most recently in 2013. Each time the exercise has been extremely valuable with the surveyor’s observations and recommendations challenging us to not only maintain but to constantly improve our practice. I strongly recommend that every hyperbaric practice strive to meet or exceed these standards and demonstrate that commitment by seeking formal UHMS accreditation."

    - Paul Claus, M.D.


  • Printed copy of the UHM Journal
  • Free one year individual membership for those facility employees who have never been a UHMS member before
  • Discount for facility employees who are non-UHMS members to attend a UHMS meeting or educational event
  • Get listed on the upcoming UHMS facility map with referral access
  • Become a part of a network of  accredited facilities which have  demonstrated operating at higher level

(New structure fee effective January 2015)


  • Application Fee: $2500 (due at the time of  application)
  • Survey Fee: $7500 (due 30 days prior to the  scheduled survey date*)


  • Application Fee: $2000 (due at the time of  application)
  • Survey Fee: $3000 (due 30 days prior to the  scheduled survey date*)


Examples of significant change include:
  • Relocation or remodel of a facility
  • Change in service offered
  • Merger or joint venture with another  organization
  • Change in key facility personnel

Failure to notify the UHMS may result in the loss of accreditation. Depending on the nature and significance of the changes, an inerim site survey may be required to maintain accreditation.

*Failure to remit final payment 30 days prior to a scheduled survey may result in cancellation of the survey. Applications already submitted for 2015 surveys will be honored under the current policy. Please do not hesitate to contact Derall Garrett, CHT, (derall@uhms.org) or Beth Hands (beth@uhms.org) if you have any questions on the improved policy.

Further information about facility accreditation is available from the UHMS Director of Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation:

Derall Garrett, CHT
Director, Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Department
Toll-Free: 877-533-UHMS (8467) x106
Direct: Tel: (210) 404-1553 x 106
Fax: (210) 404-1535
Email: derall@uhms.org

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
631 US Highway 1, Suite 307
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
Phone: 919.490.5140 | 877.533.8467
Fax: 919.490.5149
Email: uhms@uhms.org