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There is a familiar feel to DNV’s safety standards

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January 1, 2009

It appears that Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) new accreditation program for hospitals will give The Joint Commission some competition.

For safety managers, the bottom line is that DNV’s physical environment standards are, in ways, similar to The Joint Commission’s (former JCAHO) requirements.

As of early November 2008, 45 hospitals had signed up for DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO, pronounced NYE-ho), and it’s likely more healthcare facilities will follow in 2009. NIAHO surveys are unannounced and occur annually.

It appears that Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) new accreditation program for hospitals will give The Joint Commission some competition. For safety managers, the bottom line is that DNV’s physical environment standards are, in ways, similar to The Joint Commission’s (former JCAHO) requirements. As of early November 2008, 45 hospitals had signed up for DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO, pronounced NYE-ho), and it’s likely more healthcare facilities will follow in 2009. NIAHO surveys are unannounced and occur annually.



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