Joint Commission International (JCI) has launched a new addition to its Laboratory Accreditation Program based on ISO 15189:2022 requirements. The accreditation program, available to laboratories located outside of the United States and its territories, recognizes laboratories committed to providing a patient-centric experience and improving patient safety and quality of care.
The new accreditation program combines ISO 15189:2022 requirements for laboratories and JCI evidence-based laboratory standards that go beyond regulatory requirements for patient-centered care, organization management, quality control and more. ISO 15189:2022 requirements are from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality and competence in medical laboratories.
The standards were developed with input from international scientific field experts in a variety of laboratory specialties, including pathology. Laboratories will be evaluated using JCI’s tracer methodology and survey process which evaluate a laboratory’s entire testing process, including how it interacts with other areas to deliver care to patients and how it mitigates risk.
“Laboratory services play a critical role in accurate diagnosis and appropriate course of treatment for patients around the world,” says Joel Roos, MD, MBA, MHCDS, CPE, Vice President of International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Safety, JCI. “JCI’s new Laboratory Accreditation Program will help laboratories not only meet ISO 15189:2022 requirements but also align with JCI accreditation standards for hospitals and other healthcare settings, to best address and streamline patient safety and quality improvement processes.”
In addition to being located outside of the United States and its territories for eligibility, a laboratory must provide services addressed by applicable JCI laboratory accreditation standards and hold a facility license or registration to conduct its services, if required by law.
Applications are now being accepted for the JCI Laboratory Accreditation Program. For more information and full eligibility criteria, please visit the JCI website.