The APIC® Program of Distinction is a recognition program that awards a designation of excellence to acute care facilities for infection prevention and control (IPC) programs that meet a set of high-level standards, developed by leaders of APIC.
A voluntary program for interested facilities, the APIC® Program of Distinction was developed over the course of three years by a team of subject matter experts, and vetted by a second group of subject matter expert healthcare leaders.
With this program, APIC seeks to increase the inherent value of the infection prevention and control department with the C-Suite, with the public, and within the larger healthcare arena.
The intent behind the program is to assist facilities in maintaining an increased level of readiness with standards developed for infection prevention teams by infection preventionists with 35-40+ years of experience in the field. Having an established set of criteria that defines the necessary components for an IPC program to achieve excellence offers a road map to excellence for facilities of all sizes.