In recent years, The Joint Commission (TJC) is focusing on the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) as a priority area in surveys and found inconsistent adherence to processes. This has prompted the accrediting body to publish SPD-specific recommendations to improve patient safety.

This whitepaper from clinical experts at ASP and Virginia Commonwealth University details how to prepare the SPD for TJC surveys, avoid pitfalls, and implement best practices as demonstrated in a real-world environment. 

According to recent findings, TJC reported that approximately half of the surveyed hospitals exhibited some degree of non-compliance2

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What does it take to create a culture of safety in the SPD? Download the whitepaper and learn:

  • TJC’s Approach
  • Preparing for a TJC Review
  • Benefits of TJC Accreditation and Continued Compliance
  • The Risk of Non-compliance
  • SPD Readiness
  • Case Study: Virginia Commonwealth University

Check your TJC audit readiness with a comprehensive list to help you navigate TJC standards for the SPD. Every SPD can become a beacon for continuous quality improvement.


  1. APIC. (2024, February 12). What are healthcare-associated infections?- APIC.….

  2. Garcia-Houchins, S., Olmsted, R.N. (2023). The Joint Commission Guide to Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices. Oakbrook Terrace: Joint Commission Resources.

  3. Stone PW. Economic burden of healthcare-associated infections: an American perspective. Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research. 2009;9(5):417–22. doi: 10.1586/erp.09.53 PMC2827870.

  4. Yang, L. X. (2022). Application of the defect management improvement mode under Joint Commission International standard to improve the instrument cleaning and disinfection effect and management quality in the central sterile supply department: a randomized trial. Annals of Translational Medicine, 1-11.


Frank Daniels

Frank Daniels MHSA, CFER, CER, AGTS

Director, High Level Disinfection & Sterilization
Virginia Commonwealth University

Nancy Fellows

Nancy Fellows MSN, MPA, RN, CNOR

Senior Clinical Education Consultant, ASP

Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis MD, MHA, MPH

Senior Director Medical Affairs, Medical Safety, ASP

Dr. Ivan S. Salgo

Ivan S. Salgo M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Vice President, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, ASP