Structure for Laboratory Excellence

Today, The Joint Commission accredits about 1,500 organizations providing laboratory services. Joint Commission accreditation benefits your organization — and your patients — in many ways: 

  • Employed experienced surveyors, including pathologists, review the entire scope of the lab testing process. Their backgrounds, which span across many specialties, and their frequent surveying experience make them invaluable in providing best practices.
  • Non-prescriptive standards allow laboratories the freedom to best meet compliance in ways that make sense for their services.
  • Our laboratory accreditation compliments the Joint Commission hospital accreditation process, with 11 of 13 chapters shared with hospital standards chapters.
  • The consistent survey process means your staff and organization know what to expect during the actual survey.
  • Collaborative review — In combination with surveyors sharing insights and best practices, our unique on-site tracer methodology engages staff in different areas, allowing labs to show how they interact with other areas in a hospital and meet the standards beyond policies and procedures. 
  • Assists with recognition from insurers, associations, and other third parties.

Timely Support

We walk the journey with you. The Joint Commission offers unmatched support throughout the accreditation process to ensure you stay on track. Benefit from dedicated personnel, customized tools and a wide variety of educational resources.

Employed Expert Surveyors

The Joint Commission’s accreditation process concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and quality of patient care. Surveys are conducted by Joint Commission-employed medical technologists. All surveyors have a master’s degree, certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and have clinical work experience in at least three technical specialty areas of laboratory medicine and five years of laboratory management experience. Full-time surveyors conduct 60 to 70 laboratory surveys annually.