Statement Of Conditions according to the Joint Commission is the first of administrative standards which requires organizations to design and manage the physical environment (i.e. Life Safety Code compliance).

The standard’s first three elements of performance (EPs) focus on the Statement of Conditions (SOC), a tool that helps organizations develop Plans for Improvement (PFIs) to correct deficiencies in Life Safety Code compliance, as identified through assessment of compliance with the LS requirements.

The Statement of Conditions has two parts:

Basic Building Information

Basic Building Information (BBI) is the section that enables an organization to clearly declare building occupancy, features of fire protection (such as sprinklers and fire alarm systems), and other related information.

Plan for Improvement

Plan for Improvement (PFI) is the section that allows organizations to outline their action plans or plan of actions to correct any identified Life Safety Code deficiencies. The Plan for Improvement portion of the SOC allows an organization to manage any Life Safety Code–related deficiencies that it discovers, bring its buildings into compliance through designated activities, set completion dates, and track progress.

The PFI process is designed to address deficiencies that involve longer time frames and special funding sources due to the nature and complexity of the required corrections. Minor deficiencies discovered in the course of a building inspection, such as burned-out exit bulbs or damaged hardware, are typically corrected by an organization via a work order system or Building Maintenance Program (BMP). [1]


  1. JCAHO. "Completing the Statement of Conditions™". Reprinted from Environment of Care® News, May 2009, Volume 12, Number 5.


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