What is IPAC

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) is a general term used to describe a field aimed at providing a safe environment to patients, residents, clients and those that serve them.  It encompasses a wide range of evidence-based activities including surveillance for communicable diseases, education of staff, clients, and families, outbreak prevention and control, policy and procedure development, practice auditing, and much more.

An Infection Control Professional (ICP) is an individual trained in the field of infection prevention and control.  ICPs primarily enter the field with a nursing or laboratory technician background.  ICPs are responsible for minimizing the spread of communicable diseases.  They investigate unusual trends and provide advice to prevent and control future infections.

An Infection Control Professional that has passed the certification exam carries the CIC designation after their name.   CIC is the only internationally recognized certification standard for Infection Control Professionals.  In general, an ICP can become certified after at least 2 years of experience in the Infection Prevention and Control field.  Certified ICPs must pass a recertification exam every five years to maintain their CIC designation.