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Process Steps

Curious what your path to Laboratory Services Accreditation looks like? Here are some steps to guide you through the accreditation process with confidence.

Understand Your Survey

The Joint Commission’s accreditation survey helps organizations improve the safety and quality of care and services. The process begins with an on-site survey that assesses compliance with Joint Commission standards.

Joint Commission surveyors are specially trained professionals with experience in the laboratory industry who understand the day-to-day issues that confront providers and have the hands-on expertise to help organizations resolve them.

On-site surveys involve:

  • Tracing the patient’s experience, which involves observing services provided by various caregivers and programs within the organization, as well as hand-offs between them.
  • On-site observations and interviews.
  • Assessment of the physical facility.
  • Review of documents provided by the organization.

Learn About Pricing

The cost of laboratory accreditation is based on the length of the on-site survey plus an annual fee each year of the two-year accreditation cycle. We estimate the length of the survey based on the number of specialties you provide and the number of locations. This is independent of the number of CLIA certificates you hold or the volume of tests you perform. Annual fees are based on several factors, including your organization’s size and the services you offer.