JCR works to develop international standards

Accreditation will deal with globalization

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, soon will offer international accreditation services.

Since 1994, the agency has been offering international consultation services through Joint Commission International (JCI), a partnership between JCAHO and its consulting subsidiary, Quality Healthcare Resources. Renamed Joint Commission Resources (JCR), the entity is collaborating with the International Society for Quality in Health Care to develop a set of core international principles that can be used to guide the evaluation of culture-specific standards. The Joint Commission subsidiary will serve as the umbrella entity for international accreditation services and for domestic and international consulting services.

The 1999 endeavor comes as U.S. organizations begin to expand their ownership of foreign entities, bringing with them expectations prevalent in this country. K. Tina Donahue, president of JCR, said in a statement, "Accreditation can help international health care organizations position themselves to deal with emerging issues surrounding the privatization and globalization of health care." For more information on JCR, contact Jim Janeski, executive director of International Services, at (630) 268-7424. E-mail: jci@qhr-jci.com.