Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Seal?

The AORN Seal of Recognition™ improves patient and worker safety by ensuring that manufacturer-provided perioperative materials are consistent with the latest evidence and best practices.
  • How does AORN review materials?

    Perioperative registered nurse experts review all materials for consistency with the applicable AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices), AORN’s mission and vision, and position statements.

  • What materials are eligible for the Seal?
    Any materials related to advancing perioperative practice and consistent with AORN’s mission, vision, position statements, and AORN's Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (previously titled Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices). These may include:
    • In-service training and programs, including web programs, webinars, and on-line activities;
    • Tool kits, white papers, posters, and guidelines;
    • Training and in-service manuals/brochures intended for patients, consumers, and/or health care professionals;
    • Electronic media (DVDs, CD-ROMS, etc.); and
    • Operator’s manuals or user guides.
    • AORN does not award the AORN Seal of Recognition™ for product marketing materials.
  • How can I use the Seal?

    The AORN Seal of Recognition is not a product or company endorsement. After the Seal is awarded for a set of materials, the materials may carry the Seal in the manner that has been approved by AORN.

    Wherever the Seal is used or mentioned in writing, it must be accompanied by (a) the title of the materials that was awarded the AORN Seal of Recognition and (b) the following disclaimer:

    Disclaimer: The AORN Seal of Recognition™ has been awarded to <Title of Training or In-Service Program> on <insert date of approval> and does not imply that AORN approves or endorses any product or service mentioned in any presentation, format or content. The AORN Seal of Recognition program is separate from the AORN, ANCC Accredited Provider Unit and therefore does not include any CE credit for programs.

  • How does AORN promote the Seal?
    AORN uses a variety of internal and external communications tools to promote the AORN Seal of Recognition, including online banner ads, mentions in our newsletter delivered to 44,000 members, event displays, and advertorials.

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