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New and Revised Requirements for the Infection Prevention and Control (IC) Chapter

Effective July 1, 2024, The Joint Commission approved new and revised requirements for the Infection Prevention and Control (IC) chapter for critical access hospitals and hospitals. For more information see the R3.

Approach to Standards Compliance

When developing infection prevention and control processes, practices, policies, and procedures The Joint Commission encourages organizations to follow the hierarchical approach to determine infection control requirements that are specific to their organizations.

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Further information can be found in Perspectives, April 2019.

In addition, accredited organizations should monitor the Consistent Interpretations section of Perspectives for examples of RFIs related to Infection Prevention and Control. Topics that have been covered include Personal Protective Equipment (August 2019), Water Management (January 2020), Operative Attire (March 2020), Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Administration (May 2021), Ultrasound Transducers (July 2021).

Infection Control Actions to Take During Respiratory Virus Season from CDC (Sept 2023)

This blog Infection Control Actions to Take During Respiratory Virus Season contains updated information on effective strategies to prevent infections from 3 viral illnesses: COVID-19, influenza and RSV.  It also provides links to national surveillance systems for local data about each virus as well as a combined RESP-NET interactive dashboard. 

CDC’s Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings

In November 2022, CDC revised this document which concisely describes a core set of infection prevention and control practices that are required in all healthcare settings, regardless of the type of healthcare provided.

Joint Commission Experts in the News

Joint Commission infection prevention and control experts are featured in a variety of publications.

About this Page

On this site, we provide links to materials developed by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources® (JCR®) that relate to infection prevention and control (IPC). For specific topics, we also provide selected links to government and professional association resources. Information by topic and settings can be found at the bottom of the page and on the right side.


This website is not intended to serve as an exhaustive or exclusive repository of publicly available resources related to infection prevention and control. Nor does it offer any endorsement of the source nor of any particular product, health care organization, or service, nor should it be construed as a statement that the source, health care organization, or its products or services, are superior to those of other source or company. Many of these resources were not developed or validated by The Joint Commission. Approaches utilized by organizations spotlighted in this website are not inclusive of all organizational approaches that may be successful in addressing infection prevention and control, and strategies may need to be tailored by organizations to meet the unique needs of their setting and patient population. By accessing and using website resources, website users agree to make no claim of any kind against The Joint Commission for any and all damages that result from use or implementation of any website content. Some items included on these pages (such as Joint Commission monographs) were developed several years ago. While much of the content remains relevant, users should be aware that the information has not been updated.

Standards Interpretation

For questions and answers related to IPC standards, please visit the standards interpretation page.