Infection Control Standards and Credentialing

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Letter to the Editor

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Mitchell, B. G., Hall, L., Halton, K., Macbeth, D., & Gardner, A. (2015). Infection control standards and credentialing [Letter to the editor]. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(12), 1380-1381. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.06.034

ISSN: 0196-6553


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Infection control professionals (ICPs) play an integral part of developing, implementing, and evaluating infection control programs. In Australia, there is no minimum or standardized education to practice as an ICP. The Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control, the professional body for ICPs in Australasia, sought to address the issue by developing a credentialing process.1-3 This decision was made in recognition that self-regulation is one of the hallmarks of professionalism.4 The process of becoming credentialed as an ICP in Australia involves the submission of evidence against a range of criteria with a subsequent peer-review process.


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