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New Name and Requirements: Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Laboratories, Third Edition

Added on 21 July 2016 in General News
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JCI’s new standards for laboratories, Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Laboratories, Third Edition, was published 1 July 2016 and will be effective for on-site surveys starting 1 January 2017. Major changes include:

  • A new title. The 2nd Edition of these standards was published as the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Clinical Laboratories; the 3rd edition has been simplified to the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Laboratories. This new title is thought to be a more accurate description of our standards as they apply to a broader scope of services than the previous name conveyed. For example, the standards apply to anatomic pathology and cytopathology services in addition to clinical pathology services.
  • Most chapter names are changed in this edition, continuing JCI’s efforts to alignnames of its standards chapters across programs for easier identification of similar requirements.
  • A new section, Accreditation Participation Requirements (APR), including requirements not surveyed on-site but in place for all JCI-accredited organizations at all times.
  • Some standards require the laboratory to have a written policy or procedure for specific processes, indicated by a èicon after the standard text.
  • The minimum requirement for retention of specimens, records, and documents has been increased from two to three years (or as required by laws and regulations, whichever requirement is more stringent).
  • Examples that better illustrate compliance are provided in a standard’s intent. To make the examples more obvious to the user, the term for example is printed in bold text.
  • JCI’s policies and procedures are summarized and moved from the front of the manual to after the standards chapters.The completeJCI policies are published on JCI’s public website at http://www.jointcommissioninternational.org/accreditation-policies.

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