Revised Joint Accreditation Criteria

Effective June 1, 2020

An organization’s status and term as an accredited provider of continuing education (CE) for the healthcare team is based on demonstrated compliance with the following criteria and any current Joint Accreditation administrative policies. Click here to read the announcement of the revisions and click here to download a PDF describing the changes.

Mission and Overall Program Improvement

The following criteria outline the expectation that the accredited provider has a roadmap (CE mission) to guide it in its provision of education, that it periodically assesses how well it is meeting that CE mission, and that it identifies changes or improvements that will allow it to better meet its CE mission.

JAC 1

The provider has a continuing education (CE) mission statement that highlights education for the healthcare team with expected results articulated in terms of changes in skills/strategy, or performance of the healthcare team, and/or patient outcomes.

JAC 2

The provider gathers data or information and conducts a program-based analysis on the degree to which its CE mission—as it relates to changes in skills/strategy, or performance of the healthcare team, and/or patient outcomes—has been met through the conduct of CE activities/educational interventions.

JAC 3

The provider identifies, plans and implements the needed or desired changes in the overall program (e.g., planners, teachers, infrastructure, methods, resources, facilities, interventions) that are required to improve its ability to meet the CE mission.

Activity Planning and Evaluation

The following criteria outline the expectations for interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities. If the activity is planned for a single profession or multiple professions, but not IPCE, then the criteria would be fulfilled by considering the single profession or target audience. Example: If the activity is designed for nurses only, then the provider would incorporate the educational needs that underlie the practice gaps of nurses.

JAC 4

The provider incorporates into IPCE activities the educational needs (knowledge, skills/strategy, or performance) that underlie the practice gaps of the healthcare team and/or the individual members’ knowledge, skills/strategy, or performance as members of the healthcare team.

JAC 5

The provider generates activities/educational interventions that are designed to change the skills/strategy, or performance of the healthcare team, and/or patient outcomes as described in its mission statement.

JAC 6

The provider generates activities/educational interventions around valid content that meets the expectations set by Joint Accreditation.

JAC 7

The provider designs education that promotes active learning – so that teams learn from, with, and about each other – consistent with the desired results of the activity.

JAC 8

The provider develops activities/educational interventions in the context of desirable attributes of the healthcare team (e.g., Institute of Medicine competencies, professional competencies, healthcare team competencies: values/ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, teams and teamwork).

JAC 9

The provider utilizes support strategies to sustain change as an adjunct to its educational interventions (e.g., reminders, patient feedback).

JAC 10

The provider implements strategies to remove, overcome, or address barriers to change in the skills/strategy or performance of the healthcare team.

JAC 11

The provider analyzes changes in the healthcare team (skills/strategy, performance) and/or patient outcomes achieved as a result of its IPCE activities/educational interventions.

Independence

The following criterion outlines the expectations for independence, identification/resolution of conflicts of interest, appropriate management of commercial support (if applicable), and separation of promotion from education for all education offered by the accredited provider.

JAC 12

The provider develops activities/educational interventions that are independent of commercial interests (ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME ActivitiesSM), including the:

  1. Identification and resolution of conflicts of interest, and disclosure of the presence or absence of relevant financial relationships of all individuals who control the content of the continuing education activity;
  2. Appropriate management of commercial support (if applicable).
  3. Maintenance of the separation of promotion from education (if applicable).
  4. Promotion of improvements in healthcare and NOT proprietary interests of a commercial interest.