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Interpreting Joint Commission Standards: FAQs
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed with input from a variety of health care professionals, consumers, government agencies and other experts. They form the basis of our evaluation process, and they help you measure, assess and improve your performance.
Answering Your Questions About Our Standards
The tool below allows you to search our FAQ database to find answers to common questions regarding our standards. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact the Standards Interpretation Group (SIG).
Note: To provide adequate support to those organizations that are either accredited/certified or seeking accreditation/certification, we will only answer those questions submitted by those organizations seeking accreditation/certification or currently accredited/certified by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission no longer answers questions submitted by students or vendors. Thank you for your understanding.
If you wish to file a patient safety concern against one of our accredited facilities, a form is accessible here.
Note: The Joint Commission standards are NOT available on this website. The standards are available in print and electronic formats and may be purchased from Joint Commission Resources®.