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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.


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

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JCI 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 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 lab 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?

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 Laboratories, 3rd 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 Laboratory Survey Process Guide, 3rd 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. Contact a JCI representative in order to register for JCI Direct Connect, the portal where the Electronic Application (E-App) is located.

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.