The CAMLAB PDF manual provides you with all standards, elements of performance (EPs), National Patient Safety Goals®, and Accreditation Participation Requirements (APRs) for labs, effective January 1, 2023. All the information you need is here, in one easy-to-use, authoritative, and accessible PDF.
Please note: This PDF manual is a digital version of the hard-copy Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing with standards effective January 1, 2023. As such, it is not updated.
Understanding Which Standards Apply.
The Joint Commission surveys many types of organizations under the laboratory standards, including hospital laboratories, reference and stand-alone laboratories, point-of-care testing sites, in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratories, physician office laboratories, ambulatory care laboratories, anatomic pathology laboratories, and other laboratory organizations. Eligibility requirements will differ based on the laboratory specialties provided and survey option you select; more information is available on The Joint Commission’s website
. Standards for all these laboratory specialties appear in the 2023 CAMLAB
. The “Standards Applicability Grid” chapter helps an organization determine which standards and EPs in the manual apply to its service(s). These applicability grids allow you to identify the laboratory specialties, as you identified them in your E-App, and find standards that apply to your organization. In contrast, the E-dition®
on an accredited organization’s Joint Commission Connect®
extranet site provides a customized manual based on the laboratory specialties checked on your E-App. (That is, the E-dition®
only displays your organization's specific complement of standards and EPs).
Standards, EPs, National Patient Safety Goals®, and APRs effective January 1, 2023
Accreditation process information about Joint Commission policies and procedures and practical survey preparation information on the Early Survey Policy, documentation requirements, standards applicability, and more
Icons to help navigate documentation requirements as well as risk areas
“What’s New” summary of changes
PDF format—printable, downloadable, and accessible
Standards: All laboratory accreditation standards
Setting: Organizations accredited under the Laboratory Accreditation Program, including
Laboratories in hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, home care organizations, behavioral health care organizations, ambulatory sites, and physician offices
Freestanding laboratories, such as assisted reproductive technology laboratories
Blood transfusion and donor center laboratories
Public health laboratories, including Indian Health Service laboratories
Laboratories in federal health care facilities, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs
Point-of-care test sites in patient care areas, which may include blood gas laboratories providing services to patients in emergency rooms, surgical suites, and cardiac catheterization laboratories
Key Audience: Staff responsible for accreditation, compliance, patient safety, or quality improvement
The most up-to-date standards throughout 2023 are available electronically through E-dition, found on your Joint Commission Connect extranet site, or are available for purchase