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National and Regional Accreditation Program Development


As part of its not-for-profit mission, JCI provides expertise to countries striving to establish national and regional quality and safety standards and country-specific accreditation.

Since its inception in 1994, JCI has remained committed to improving global health care and partnering with countries in performance improvement. Over the decades, ministries of health and other leaders have requested and received JCI assistance in:

  • Standards development and implementation
  • Surveyor identification and training
  • Governance and structure development to implement and sustain national or regional accreditation

JCI offers its expertise through funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or by working directly with the country’s ministry of health or other sponsor. The JCI team has provided technical assistance in standards for:

  • Provider networks
  • Pharmacy services
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Maternal health and neonatal care

Examples of collaboration

Over the course of a year, JCI may be involved in many different projects. Here are just three examples of how our team has contributed to country-specific accreditation and quality improvement.

The Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria met with JCI experts for three days in 2014 to kick off the initial phase of its accreditation program. The team mapped out a situation analysis and work plan to identify and resolve specific in-country challenges toward attaining quality improvement standards.

The Ministry of Health in Turkey turned to JCI for assistance in developing a national hospital accreditation program, including the development of standards, survey process, accreditation policies, surveyor training, and standards and survey process testing.

The United Kingdom National Health Service Estates asked JCI standards experts to provide technical assistance in the development and revision of health facility management standards and an analysis of national quality and patient safety initiatives and structures.


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The use of Joint Commission International (JCI) advisory services is not necessary to obtain a JCI accreditation award, nor does it influence the granting of such awards.