Joint Commission International or JCI

Joint Commission International or JCI

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JCI is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving the safety of patient care through the provision of accreditation and certification services as well as through advisory and educational services aimed at helping organizations implement practical and sustainable solutions.

As the International division of Joint Commission Resources, Joint Commission International (JCI) has been working with health care organizations, ministries of health, and global organizations in over 80 countries since 1994.

JCI's focus is on improving the safety of patient care through the provision of accreditation and certification services as well as through advisory and educational services aimed at helping organizations implement practical and sustainable solutions.

In September 2007, JCI received accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).  Accreditation by ISQua provides assurance that the standards, training and processes used by JCI to survey the performance of health care organizations meet the highest international benchmarks for accreditation entities.

Over 250 public and private health care organizations in 36 countries have been accredited by JCI. JCI provides accreditation for hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, clinical laboratories, care continuum services, medical transport organizations, and primary care services, as well as certification for disease or condition specific care. JCI standards were developed by international health care experts and set uniform, achievable expectations.

Through JCI accreditation and certification, health care organizations have access to a variety of resources and services that connect them with the international community: an international quality measurement system for benchmarking; risk reduction strategies and best practices; tactics to reduce adverse events, and the annual Executive Briefing Programs.



Accreditation and/or Certification is a process in which an entity, separate and distinct from the health care organization, usually non-governmental, assesses the health care organization to determine if it meets a set of standards requirements designed to improve quality of care.

  • provides a visible commitment by an organization to improve the quality of patient care, to ensure safe environment and to continually work to reduce risks to patients and staff
  • has gained worldwide attention as an effective quality evaluation and management tool
  • is usually voluntary
  • is based on standards usually regarded as optimal and achievable

In response to growing interest in accreditation and quality improvement worldwide, The Joint Commission launched its international accreditation program in 1999. Joint Commission International accreditation standards are based on international consensus standards and set uniform, achievable expectations for structures, processes and outcomes for hospitals.

The accreditation process is designed to accommodate specific legal, religious and cultural factors within a country.

Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation can help international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others to evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care in their nations.

The accreditation process is designed to create a culture of safety and quality within an organization that strives to continually improve patient care processes and results. In doing so, organizations:

  • improve public trust that the organization is concerned for patient safety and quality of care
  • provide a safe and efficient work environment that contributes to worker satisfaction
  • negotiate with sources of payment for care with data on the quality of care
  • listen to patients and their families, respect their rights, and involve them in the care process as partners
  • create a culture that is open to learning from the timely reporting of adverse events and safety concerns
  • establish collaborative leadership that sets priorities for and continuous leadership for quality and patient safety levels


The JCI Advantage

  • JCI is a recognized world leader in health care quality and patient safety. Our consultants and surveyors are highly trained clinicians and advocates for patient safety
  • JCI's focus is on health care quality improvement and patient safety with expertise in infection control, medication safety, facility safety, and accreditation preparation
  • JCI’s standards were developed by health care experts from around the world and were tested in every world region
  • JCI’s accreditation decisions are made by an international committee of health care experts
  • JCI Advisory Councils in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific are made up of health care leaders who provide guidance on key patient safety and quality issues
  • JCI's highly skilled staff brings innovative, yet practical solutions to help organizations address their most challenging patient safety issues


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