Publication and Effective Dates for 7th Edition International Standards for Hospitals and Academic Medical Centers Established

Thursday, March 14 2019

The 7th Edition of the Hospital Standards is planned for publication on 1 April 2020 with an effective date of 1 October 2020. As part of the development of a new edition of the standards manual, Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited health care organizations are asked to provide input into the new standards via in-person or conference call focus groups. The purpose of the focus groups is to offer customers an opportunity to provide feedback on the current set of standards and changes they would like to see in the upcoming revision of the standards. Focus group participants are asked specific questions that are designed to encourage candid, open discussion of opinions with other participants. This method for obtaining feedback allows members of the group to interact and influence each other during the discussion and sharing of ideas and perspectives.

In November of 2018, several in-person focus groups were conducted in United Arab Emirates and Egypt with the purpose of obtaining feedback on the JCI Standards for Hospitals. Participants in these sessions were asked to provide feedback on various topics including :

  • Laser safety
  • Palliative care
  • Hemodialysis water quality and equipment safety
  • Interventional radiology and diagnostic imaging services
  • Facility requirements and fire safety

The first conference call focus groups have been planned for mid-March with several JCI accredited organizations in Ireland, the Netherlands, Thailand, and Singapore. The conference calls will seek to obtain feedback on topics such as:

  • Changes to the International Patient Safety Goals, including;
    • Requiring the use of bundles in IPSG.5 to reduce the risk of infection 
    • Adding an IPSG that addresses suicide prevention
  • Exploring the addition of a chronic/complex disease management program
  • Addressing alarm management, including alarm fatigue
  • Identifying issues associated with changes in information technology

Additional methods for obtaining input are being planned for later in April and May. Data gathered from focus groups will be merged with information from literature reviews, current industry standards, and practice recommendations to direct revisions on the standards.