New Water Management Requirements

Effective January 1, 2022, The Joint Commission has approved a new standard on water management programs that addresses Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.

Currently, EC.02.05.01 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 December 31, 2021 and will then be deleted from these programs.

To provide hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers sufficient time to implement EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4, this new requirements will appear in the July 1, 2021 manuals with language indicating that the new standard and EPs will not be effective until January 1, 2022. The Joint Commission will be providing additional guidance and education later this year.

Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards - Effective January 1, 2022