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Clinical Laboratory

Why Get Accredited? 

Since 1994, JCI is the world’s largest health care accreditor. Each organization seeks the universally recognized Gold Seal of Approval® as part of a continuous performance-improvement journey.

JCI standards support a complete, accurate, and objective assessment of laboratory processes and management practices that provide essential services for patients. Accreditation helps laboratories demonstrate their efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness while keeping the main focus on quality and patient safety.

JCI Clinical Laboratory Standards

  • Include:
    • Benchmarks for individual laboratories
    • Best practices standards in a recognized format
    • Quality management systems requirements
  • address:
    • International Patient Safety Goals
    • Management and leadership
    • Development and control of policies and procedures
    • Resource management and laboratory environment
    • Quality control processes
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Assessing Readiness for Accreditation

How do you know when you are ready for JCI Clinical Laboratory accreditation? This is an important question and one that should not be considered lightly. Accreditation is not a one-time accomplishment; it is not “passing an examination.” JCI accreditation is an ongoing commitment to a process that demands time, financial resources, and follow-through, but will ultimately help your clinical lab to improve continuously over time.


Contact JCI Accreditation at for an estimate of the cost of a clinical laboratory accreditation survey.

View the fees associated with a hospital survey

How Do You Begin?

Here are the first steps in your accreditation process:

  1. Determine if your organization is ready by reading the JCI eligibility requirements, then purchase and review the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Clinical Laboratories, 2nd edition. This recently updated book details global standards for quality care and patient safety and helps organizations determine any shortfalls between current operations and JCI’s standards.
  2. Purchase and review Joint Commission International Accreditation Clinical Laboratory Survey Process Guide, 2nd edition--a must-have resource to help your organization prepare for JCI’s on-site survey in a simple, step-by-step manner.
  3. Appoint a JCI Survey Coordinator within your organization to coordinate accreditation preparation activities, work with management to identify and eliminate standards-compliance shortfalls, implement simulated surveys and other related preparatory activities, and move your organization toward the goal of applying for an on-site survey.
  4. Apply for an on-site survey via the JCI Direct Connect portal and complete an E-App, JCI’s online application, to schedule a survey with JCI.

JCI has experienced consultants who can advise your team on accreditation preparation strategies and activities such as a mock survey as you plan for a successful survey.