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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

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

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