Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 161–164 | Cite as

Joint Commission International accreditation: a laboratory perspective

  • Gurdeep S. Dhatt
  • Ahlam Al Sheiban
Practitioner's Report


Joint Commission International accreditation (JCIA) offers the international community a standards-based, objective process for evaluating healthcare organizations. The eleven JCIA standards are functionally organized. The standards are grouped by functions related to the provision of patient care and functions covering the provision of a safe, effective, and well-managed organization. The focus of the JCIA survey process is on the whole organization rather than on individual departments/services. The survey is carried out by trained and experienced healthcare peers. Healthcare organizations worldwide should be encouraged to seek accreditation such as that offered by JCIA. Where affordable, laboratories that are part of larger healthcare organizations should strive to achieve independent laboratory accreditation. The perspective of a laboratory undergoing a JCIA survey is briefly presented.


Accreditation Hospital Laboratory medicine Peer review 


  1. 1.
    Joint Commission International Standards for Hospitals (2000) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Oakbrook Terrace, ILGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Donahue KT, van Ostenberg P (2000) Int J Qual Health Care 12:243–246CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Joint Commission International Accreditation. Hospital Process Guide (2002) Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Oakbrook Terrace, ILGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    College of American Pathologists. Laboratory Accreditation Program Inspection Checklists.
  5. 5.
    ISO 15189 (2003) Particular requirements for quality and competence in medical laboratories. International Organization for Standardization, GenevaGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyTawam HospitalAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Department of Quality ManagementTawam HospitalAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

Personalised recommendations