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Introducing a New Certification

Like you, we believe all people deserve access to safe, quality care.

While systemic inequities exist in the quality and safety of the patient care experience — including gaps in interpreting services and access to telehealth — we believe there is a path forward.

This new, voluntary certification program provides the structure to guide your organization’s journey to achieving health care equity. It demonstrates an organization’s commitment to advancing its efforts to achieve health care equity.

The advanced certification program requirements build upon the Joint Commission’s long-standing accreditation standards supporting health care equity and the recently released requirements to reduce health care disparities.

Who is Eligible?

Initially, hospitals and critical access hospitals that wish to strive for excellence in their efforts to provide equitable care, treatment, and services will be eligible to apply for certification.


When Will the Certification Be Available?

Organizations will be able to pre-apply for certification early in 2023, with the official application becoming available in July 2023.

Request the Pre-Publication Standards

The pre-publication standards are now available by request. Please complete the following form and a member of our team will be in touch.