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Programs that authorize the practice of a profession or the operation of a business or community facility after determining that established standards have been met. Activities usually include establishment of standards; review of applications; preparation and administration of examinations; issuance or denial of licences, certificates or accreditation papers; enforcement of compliance with standards through inspection and monitoring; and revocation of licences or disciplinary action in cases of noncompliance.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.