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Why Get Accredited?

hospital_131_aJCI is the world’s largest health care accreditor. Since 1994, each hospital that has sought JCI’s Gold Seal of Approval® has done so as part of a continuous performance-improvement journey.



  • The experts at JCI are available to help you answer any questions your organization has about JCI accreditation. 

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JCI Hospital Standards

  • Are Designed To:
    • Ensure a safe environment that reduces risk for care recipients and caregivers
    • Offer quantifiable benchmarks for quality and patient safety
    • Stimulate and demonstrate continuous, sustained improvement through a reliable process
    • Provide accredited hospitals with public recognition of their achievements and commitment to excellence
    • Improve outcomes and patient satisfaction
    • Enhance efficiency
    • Reduce costs through standardized care
  • Address:
    • International Patient Safety Goals
    • Access to care and continuity of care
    • Patient and family rights
    • Assessment of patients
    • Care of patients
    • Anesthesia and surgical care
    • Medication management and use
    • Patient and family education
    • Quality improvement and patient safety
    • Prevention and control of infections
    • Governance, leadership, and direction
    • Facility management and safety
    • Staff qualifications and education
    • Management of communication and information
  • Quantifying the Value of JCI Accreditation

    A pilot study in Spain demonstrated that one JCI-accredited hospital achieved a €2,674,956 annual savings from shorter length of stay, €77,327 annual savings due to decreased Cesarean sections, and €86,375 annual savings from reduced readmissions within seven days of discharge. These improvements translate into €11,354,630 savings over four years of accreditation.

    Excerpted from “Value and Impact of Implementing International Hospital Accreditation Standards: A Pilot Study” presented by Donald S. Shepard, PhD, 25 October 2011

Assessing Readiness for Accreditation

How do you know when you are ready for JCI hospital 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 organization to improve continuously over time.


JCI accredits small, specialty organizations, as well as large, more complex organizations.  Survey fees are based on the size and complexity of the health care organization, which determine the size of the survey team and the number of days necessary to conduct the survey.

To receive an estimated cost of survey fees, please send a request to:

How Do You Begin?

Introducing the Pathway to JCI Accreditation for Hospitals. This easy-to-navigate resource outlines the 10 steps hospitals and academic medical centers typically follow in their pursuit of accreditation. The milestones outlined within each step help your team organize activities and monitor progress throughout your accreditation preparation efforts.

Pathway to JCI Accreditation - Begin Your Journey