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Primary Care Centers

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.


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

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JCI Primary Care Standards

  • are designed to:
    • Support sustained improvements in care quality
    • Promote a framework for risk reduction
    • Create a culture of patient and worker safety
    • Contribute to patient satisfaction
  • focus on:
    • Community integration
    • Health promotion
    • Disease prevention
    • First-contact medical services
    • Linkages to other parts of the health care system
  • address:
    • International Patient Safety Goals
    • Patient-centered services
    • Organization and delivery of services
    • Improvement in quality and safety

Assessing Readiness for Accreditation

Primary-Care-250How do you know when you are ready for JCI Primary Care Center 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 primary care 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 Primary Care Centers. This 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 the Joint Commission International Accreditation Primary Care Survey Process Guide--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.