Joint Commission International
In the US, by far the largest and most respected accreditation agency is the Joint Commission. The commission casts a wide net of evaluation for hospitals and other healthcare facilities and services throughout the US.
When you walk into a hospital or clinic in the US and many other Western countries, chances are good that it’s accredited,meaning that it’s in compliance with standards and “good practices” set by an independent accreditation agency.
Responding to a global demand for accreditation standards, in 1999 the Joint Commission launched JCI, its international affiliate accreditation agency. In order to be accredited, an international healthcare provider must meet the rigorous standards set forth by JCI. Five hundred hospitals, laboratories, and special programs in 53 countries outside the US have earned JCI accreditation. Those who can display the JCI seal have reason to be proud. They have demonstrated a higher quality of patient care and service, while gaining access to a variety of resources that connect them with the international healthcare community.
What Accreditation Means for You
Last updated on 5 May 2013