Joint Commission International (JCI) is a division of Joint Commission Resources (JCR), the subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). For more than 75 years, JCAHO and its predecessor organization have been dedicated in improving the quality and safety of health care services. Today the largest accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, JCAHO surveys nearly 20,000 health care programs through a voluntary accreditation process. JCAHO and its subsidiary are both not-for-profit corporations. Joint Commission International has extensive international experience working with public and private health care organizations and local governments in more than 60 countries.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, established more than 50 years ago. Joint Commission is governed by a board that includes physicians, nurses, and consumers. Joint Commission sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in America and around the world. In August 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (a component of JCR) as the world's first WHO Collaborating Centre dedicated solely to patient's safety as part of its major initiative-the World Alliance for Patient Safety.
Accreditation provides a visible commitment by an organization to improve the quality of patient care, to ensure a safe environment and to continually work to reduce risks to patients and staff. Accreditation has gained worldwide attention as an effective quality evaluation and management tool.