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Accreditation Inspection Update: Patient Care Areas

Communication Date: March 15, 2023

NOTE: The information below was current at the time of communication. Subsequent CAP changes, if applicable, are not reflected in this eAlert.

As of May 12, 2023, CAP accreditation inspectors can resume visits to facility patient care areas. If a facility is allowing visitors in patient care areas during the time of an accreditation inspection, inspectors should also be allowed in those areas. 

However, if a facility is restricting visitors within the institution for any reason, the CAP recommends that inspectors comply with the facility’s visitor policies at the time of the inspection. If inspectors are not allowed in patient care areas, they should alternatively interview relevant staff to address the necessary checklist items.

Please email any questions or concerns to accred@cap.org.