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Accrediting Organizations: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is a private sector, non-profit organization based in the United States. It was created by the merging of the Hospital Standardization Program with similar programs run by the American College of Physicians, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association. Unannounced surveys are performed on the entire hospital, including clinical laboratories, in order to gain accreditation for the laboratory and the hospital as a whole.

Joint Commission Survey Process

Compliance with applicable standards is based on the following:

  • Tracing the care delivered to patients
  • Verbal and written information provided to The Joint Commission
  • On-site observations and interviews by Joint Commission surveyors
  • Documents provided by the organization