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  The Joint Commission Enterprise Receives Prestigious Accreditation to Offer Continuing Education Units  
(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – April 15, 2014) The Joint Commission enterprise has received “Authorized Provider” accreditation from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time. The accreditation is valid for education programs offered by The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International.

With this accreditation, the enterprises’ continuing education programs are able to offer CEUs for licensure/certification requirements including physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, and many other specialties. In addition, because IACET is recognized by the American Society for Quality, the enterprise’s change management-related courses are eligible for CEUs from ASQ.

“As a health care quality improvement organization we work with organizations and health care professionals around the world to help them improve the quality of care they provide to their patients. With this prestigious accreditation we are able to further the opportunities we provide to the health care industry and the dedicated individuals who deliver care,” says Mark. R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation by IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs. We are very pleased to join such a prestigious organization as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

“We are pleased to establish our relationship with The Joint Commission as an Authorized Provider,” stated Kristopher J. Newbauer, President of IACET and Director of Learning & Organization Development at Rotary International in Evanston, Ill. “The Joint Commission enterprise joins nearly 650 organizations around the globe that have had their programs vetted by third-party experts in continuing education to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

In order to achieve Authorized Provider accreditation, The Joint Commission enterprise completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. The Joint Commission enterprise has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard, and is now authorized to use the IACET name and Authorized Provider logo on promotional course material.  In addition, The Joint Commission is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.

IACET is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide.  For more information, please visit or call 703-506-3275.

The Joint Commission is also recognized to offer CE/CME to physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, nurses through the American Nurses Credentialing Center, healthcare administrators through the American College of Healthcare Executives, and dieticians through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 


About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare
Created in 2008 as a non-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems. The Center’s participants – some of the nation’s leading hospitals and health systems – use a systematic approach to analyze specific breakdowns in care and discover their underlying causes to develop targeted solutions that solve these complex problems. In keeping with its objective to transform health care into a high reliability industry, The Joint Commission shares these proven effective solutions with the more than 20,000 health care organizations it accredits and certifies. Hospitals have made significant advances in quality – even better results are now achievable. Hospitals and The Joint Commission are working together to improve systems and processes of care. Learn more about the Center at

About Joint Commission Resources
Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at

About Joint Commission International
Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1997 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists   international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 90 countries.   



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