The value of JCI Accreditation

What is JCI Accreditation?

Each hospital and health care organization that applies for JCI accreditation takes about two years to prepare. During this time, the entire organization works together to develop and implement the new high quality and patient-safe policies, practices, and procedures that are required to meet our standards.

During our on-site evaluation, a team of expert JCI physicians, nurses, and health care administrators visits the organization and evaluates more than a thousand measurable elements. Through interviews with staff, patients, and leadership, along with physical inspections and reviews of records, our survey touches every part of the organization and provides a complete evaluation of the effectiveness of the organization's patient safety and quality system.

JCI accredits hospitals and academic medical centers. It also accredits clinics, laboratories, ambulance services and emergency transport organizations, home care, long term care, and primary care facilities.

Find a JCI-accredited health care organization near you.

Why is JCI Accreditation the World's Gold Standard?

Accreditation is a long-term process that demands commitment. There is a great deal of preparatory work leading up to a survey and then subsequent performance and improvement work is done to ensure those accreditation standards are maintained. Organizations that achieve and maintain JCI accreditation are dedicated to providing their patients the best level of care possible.

JCI standards and evaluation methods stand alone in the world as unique tools designed to drive positive change. Its standards and evaluation methods are:

  • Designed to stimulate and support sustained quality improvement
  • Created to reduce risk
  • Focused on building a culture of patient safety
  • Developed by health care experts from around the world—and tested in every world region
  • Developed by health professionals specifically for the health care sector
  • Applicable to individual health care organizations and national health care systems