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Most Challenging AAAHC Requirements

The AAAHC has released its 2021 Quality Roadmap, a comprehensive analysis of data from the more than 1,120 accreditation surveys conducted in 2020. Surveyors found that the areas with the highest deficiencies included:

  • Infection prevention/safe injection practices
  • Infectious disease protocols and emergency preparedness plans, including COVID-19 safeguards
  • Processes to prevent errors from high-alert and confused drug name medications
  • Proper cleaning and decontamination of equipment
  • Recall of items including drugs and vaccines, blood products, medical devices, equipment, and food products


The 2021 AAAHC Quality Roadmap is available for download at

Choose the link below that corresponds with your accreditation program.

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