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.
Clinical Laboratory standards include:
Benchmarks for individual laboratories
Best practices standards in a recognized format
Quality management systems requirements
Specific areas addressed within the clinical lab standards are:
International Patient Safety Goals
Management and leadership
Development and control of policies and procedures
Resource management and laboratory environment
Quality control processes
International Patient Safety Goals
International Patient Safety Goals (IPSG) help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in some of the most problematic areas of patient safety. They are:
Goal 1: Identify patients correctly
Goal 2: Improve effective communication
Goal 3: Improve the safety of high-alert medications
Goal 4: Ensure correct-site, correct-procedure, correct-patient surgery
Goal 5: Reduce the risk of health care-associated infections
Goal 6: Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate of the cost of a clinical laboratory accreditation survey. Visit the Get Accredited Hospitals page to learn about fees associated with a hospital accreditation survey.
How Do You Begin?
Here are the first steps in your accreditation process:
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.
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.
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.
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.