Effective January 2022: New water management requirements
A new standard on water management programs that addresses Legionella and other waterborne pathogens will be effective for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and nursing care centers on Jan. 1, 2022.
Currently, Environment of Care (EC) Standard EC.02.05.01, element of performance (EP) 14, for hospitals and critical access hospitals, and EP 6 for nursing care centers, require organizations to minimize pathogenic biological agents in cooling towers, domestic hot- and cold-water systems, and other aerosolizing water systems. These two EPs will continue to be scored until Dec. 31, 2021 and will then be deleted from these programs. The Joint Commission will be providing additional guidance and education later this year.
View the prepublication standards.