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Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology


"The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Our mission is to advance the science and practice of infection prevention and control."

Certification Board for Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.


"The Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC®) is a voluntary, autonomous, multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection control and applied epidemiology."

The Infectious Disease Society of America


"The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Our mission is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases."

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America


"The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is a professional society that improves public health by establishing infection-prevention measures and supporting antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers."

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The Joint Commission


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Det Norske Veritas


"DNV enables the healthcare sector to make critical decisions with confidence at a time of digital transformation. 

We provide hospitals around the world with frameworks to optimize performance and enhance patient safety and quality, and we assure medical devices to required regulations. 

Our solutions integrate and aggregate data to synchronize healthcare provision, and our expertise helps to keep the sector’s operations cyber secure."

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care


"Founded in 1979, AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation. With more than 6,100 organizations accredited, we serve a wide range of organizations including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others."

National Dialysis Accreditation Commission


"NDAC is the only accreditation organization in the United States formed by dialysis experts with the exclusive focus of serving the dialysis community. NDAC was the first dialysis accreditation organization in the country to apply and receive approval from CMS for deeming authority for Medicare Certification."

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Facility Guidelines Institute


“The Facility Guidelines Institute is the authoritative source for guidance on health and residential care facility planning, design, and construction in the United States. Our consensus-based, research-informed guidelines are used by regulators, designers, builders, and facility owners around the country and abroad to protect public health, safety, and welfare.“

United Brotherhood of Carpenters


“Professionals in Infection Prevention are in the business of saving lives. The construction professionals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters are key partners in this mission.”

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Association for the Health Care Environment


"The Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) is a Professional Membership Group of the American Hospital Association. AHE is the organization of choice for professionals responsible for establishing and maintaining health care environments that are free of surface contamination and that support safety, service, and efficient and effective operations."

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National Association for Healthcare Quality


"NAHQ provides a strategic advantage to healthcare quality professionals and healthcare organizations in their quest to reduce variability in care delivery and drive value through improved outcomes."

International Association for Six Sigma Certification, LLC


"The International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC) is a Professional Association dedicated to growing and enhancing the standards within the Lean Six Sigma Community."

Institute for Healthcare Improvement


​“For 30 years, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health care across the world.”

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


"The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of healthcare for all Americans. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the healthcare system and help consumers, healthcare professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions."

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American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers


"To serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields."

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists


"ACGIH® is a 501(c)(3) charitable scientific organization that advances occupational and environmental health."

American Industrial Hygiene Association


"AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) in the workplace and community."

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The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science


"The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and its 9,000 clinical laboratory professional, student, and educator members in more than 50 state and regional constituent societies work to advance the expertise of clinical laboratory professionals who, as integral members of interprofessional healthcare teams, deliver quality, consumer-focused, outcomes-oriented clinical laboratory services through all phases of the testing process to prevent, diagnose, monitor, and treat disease."

Association of Public Health Laboratories


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally.

APHL represents state and local governmental health laboratories in the United States. Its members, known as “public health labo​ra​tories,” monitor, detect and respond to health threats."

Clinical & Laboratory Standards Institute


"The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is a not-for-profit organization that develops laboratory standards worldwide. Our standards are recognized by laboratories, accreditors, and government agencies as the best way to improve medical laboratory testing."

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Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation®


"The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation® (AAMI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of more than 10,000 professionals united by one important mission—the development, management, and use of safe and effective health technology. AAMI is the primary source of consensus standards, both national and international, for the medical device industry, as well as practical information, support, and guidance for healthcare technology and sterilization professionals."

American National Standards Institute


"The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system. Founded in 1918, the Institute works in close collaboration with stakeholders from industry and government to identify and develop standards- and conformance-based solutions to national and global priorities."

Healthcare Sterile Processing Association


"Waves of surgical instruments and devices flow in and out of these rooms in constant motion, supplying essential elements to keep the healthcare facility functioning smoothly. This is Sterile Processing. The most crucial link in the chain of care from professional to treatment to patient. Everything hinges on the care and attention of each technician inside, the virtual heartbeat of your healthcare facility."

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates


"The mission of SGNA is to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, and to provide professional development opportunities for gastroenterology nurses and associates in an atmosphere of mutual support."

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American Association of Critical-care Nurses


"Patients and their families rely on nurses at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Acute and critical care nurses rely on AACN for expert knowledge and the influence to fulfill their promise to patients and their families. AACN drives excellence because nothing less is acceptable."

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology


"Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) is a professional association representing more than 59,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide."

American Nurses Association


"The ANA Enterprise leverages the combined strength of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), to empower nurses everywhere."

Association for periOperative Registered Nurses


"The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) was founded in 1949 to establish a national community for operating room nurses who sought to share best practices for patients undergoing surgery. Today, we unite and empower perioperative nurses, healthcare organizations, and industry partners to support safe surgery for every patient, every time."

Association for Vascular Access


"The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) is an organization of healthcare professionals founded in 1985 to support and promote the specialty of vascular access. The mission of AVA is to lead healthcare by protecting patients and providers to improve lives."

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates


"The mission of SGNA is to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, and to provide professional development opportunities for gastroenterology nurses and associates in an atmosphere of mutual support."

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American Public Health Association


"APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health."

National Tuberculosis Controllers Association


"The NTCA was created in 1995 to bring together the leaders of tuberculosis control programs in all states and territories, as well as many counties and city health departments that organize their own TB control activities."

HIV Medicine Association


"The HIV Medicine Association is an organization of medical professionals who practice HIV medicine. We represent the interests of HIV health care providers and researchers and their patients by promoting quality in HIV care and by advocating for policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice."

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The United States Pharmacopeial Convention


"For over 200 years, USP has worked to build trust where it matters most: in the world's medicines, dietary supplements and foods. Through our rigorous science and the public quality standards we set, USP helps protect patient safety and improve the health of people around the world. (Guidelines available for sterile compounding in pharmacy)."

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The Association for Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals

"The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is an organization created from a nucleus of nurses and clinical professionals whose expertise bridges the gap between clinical practice and the supply chain processes."

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