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Proposed Changes to the Emergency Management Chapter Field Review - CAH and HAP

In late 2019, The Joint Commission began discussing opportunities for improving its “Emergency Management” chapter. Our primary goal is to develop a more contemporary approach to the requirements. This approach includes restructuring and revising the standards in the chapter for the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Hospital (HAP) accreditation programs.  These new and revised emergency management standards will help health care organizations develop and improve their actions and responses to emergencies or disasters. The emergency management chapter revisions were vetted through a distinct group of qualified emergency management professionals who helped facilitate the review and revision for the newly proposed emergency management requirements. Their expertise and feedback were invaluable to this project. The emergency management chapter and the revised changes will launch in July 2022.

The revised Emergency Management chapter continues to address preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery; the six critical areas; and training and testing requirements. Additional focus has been placed on areas such as leadership roles and responsibilities, sustainability, and continuity of operations.

Your participation and feedback on these draft standards will be extremely valuable in helping The Joint Commission further update and strengthen the “Emergency Management” chapter requirements.

Step 1: Read the Proposed Standards 

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Proposed EM Standards and Chapter Outline - EM.09.01.01 to EM.17.01.01 for HAP and CAH

Step 2: Provide Your Comments

Tell us what you think. You can submit your comments in one of the following ways:

  • Submit your comments via the online survey, which will take approximately 35-45 minutes to complete.
  • Submit your comments via email.

Comments will be gathered for four weeks beginning on September 1, 2021 and ending on September 29, 2021.


Mamello Tekateka – Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation – at 630.792.5805 or .