New Applicants

An organization seeking accreditation as a provider of IPCE that does NOT currently hold at least one accreditation from at least one of the cofounder accreditors (ACCME, ACPE, or ANCC) or one state accredited body (ACCME Recognized Accreditor or ANCC Accredited Approver) may be awarded a term of up to two years.

Currently Accredited

An organization that is already accredited in good standing by at least one of the national accrediting bodies (ACCME, ACPE and/or ANCC) or one state accrediting body (ACCME Recognized Accreditor or ANCC Accredited Approver) may be awarded a term of up to four years if the provider is determined to be in compliance with all joint accreditation core criteria. If a provider is in noncompliance with one or more core criteria, and is awarded Joint Accreditation, the provider may receive an accreditation term of up to four years with a progress report due at a specified time.

Reaccreditation for Jointly Accredited Providers

An organization that is already a jointly accredited provider may be awarded at term of up to four years if the provider is determined to be in compliance with all joint accreditation core criteria. If the provider is in noncompliance with one or more core criteria, and is awarded Joint Accreditation, the provider may receive an accreditation term of up to four years with a progress report due at a specified time.

Joint Accreditation with Commendation

Providers that successfully achieve Joint Accreditation with Commendation may be awarded a six-year accreditation term. The six-year term will be available only to providers that achieve Commendation; providers that demonstrate compliance with JAC 1–12, but do not demonstrate compliance with the commendation criteria, will receive a four-year term. Organizations are eligible to seek Joint Accreditation with Commendation if they are currently jointly accredited or they are seeking initial joint accreditation and have been previously accredited by at least one of the following: ACCME, ACPE, or ANCC.

Probation 

Probation is given to jointly acredited providers that have serious problems meeting the Joint Accreditation requirements. Providers on Probation are required to submit progress reports. Jointly accredited providers may have their status changed to Probation if their progress reports do not demonstrate correction of noncompliance issues. Most providers on Probation implement improvements quickly, return to a status of Joint Accreditation, and sustain compliance. Providers cannot remain on Probation for longer than two years.  


Note: Joint Accreditation reserves the right to withhold Joint Accreditation for both initial applicants and providers seeking reaccreditation, if the provider fails to demonstrate or maintain sufficient compliance with the Joint Accreditation criteria and policies. Joint Accreditation reserves the right to award a shortened term of accreditation as determined appropriate in order to reflect changes in an applicant or accredited provider’s compliance with the criteria, policies, and/or reports by an applicant or accredited provider’s substantive change in its program of IPCE or organizational structure. If a provider already accredited by ACCME, ACPE, or ANCC is not successful at achieving initial Joint Accreditation, the provider will have one year to seek accreditation directly through each individual accrediting or approval body, as desired.