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Inspiring Providers to Reach for a High Quality and Safety Bar
The Joint Commission proudly collaborates with nearly 20,000 accredited care providers nationwide.
Joint Commission Accreditation
We believe all people should experience safe, high quality, and consistently excellent health care.
Joint Commission accreditation is the objective evaluation process of organizational compliance to performance standards designed to inspire and improve quality and safety for those they serve.
Within the Joint Commission accreditation process we survey to all standards, including those relevant from CMS and OSHA as well as our own. Our survey time together includes both an objective evaluation of standards compliance along with strategies and structures for improvement. Surveys are generally conducted every three years, however some settings including laboratories are surveyed every two years. Learn more about where standards come from and the survey experience.
After earning their accreditation award, health care organizations are eligible to display The Gold Seal of Approval®, a widely recognized symbol of quality and patient safety.
As the leader in standards development promoting quality and safety in health care organizations, The Joint Commission is currently the nation's largest and only accreditor that reaches across the full continuum of care.
What is Accreditation
Learn more about Joint Commission accreditation and how it benefits health care providers and their patients.
Joint Commission accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations across the care continuum. Browse our selection of health care settings resources for helpful guides, tools, and solutions for every step of the accreditation journey.
An accreditation award is proof that your organization is committed to delivering the highest quality care. We offer many resources to help your organization sustain its quality and safety efforts and excel in the journey to high reliability.