ANSI/NEMA SC 1-2020 American National Standard for Supplier Credentialing in Healthcare

ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs) and approving their documents as American National Standards (ANS). This process serves and protects the public interest since standards developers accredited by ANSI – and the ANS they develop – must meet the Institute’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process and adhere to ANSI’s neutral oversight, assuring that all interested parties have an opportunity to participate in each standard’s development.

The Consortium for Universal Healthcare Credentialing (C4UHC) came together in 2016 with a specific focus of establishing consistent credentialing processes for healthcare industry representatives (HCIR) and to translate those processes into data standards. Achieving success through the participation of a wide variety of healthcare industry stakeholders, the first American National Standards (ANS) for Supplier Credentialing were published in 2019.

In 2020, recognizing new challenges in the marketplace due to COVID-19, C4UHC partnered with NEMA/MITA to revise ANSI Standards for Supplier Credentialing to include provisions for personal protective equipment (PPE), and medical testing in a pandemic environment.

Overview of Standard

Following is a summary of the standard to aid providers and their suppliers in identifying the credentialing requirements of representatives who visit healthcare facilities:

  • Providers determine the requirement components for healthcare supplier representatives visiting their facilities to follow.

  • Suppliers meet each provider’s requirements as outlined in the corresponding ANSI/NEMA SC 1-2020 standard.


Supplier Representative Data

  • Name
  • Date of hire
  • Tier level
  • Office Phone/Cell
  • Office e-mail
  • Job title
  • Badge photo
  • Parent company FEIN
  • Manager information

Background Check/Criminal Searches

  • County-level search
  • Statewide level search (if mandated or applicable)
  • Federal level search
  • National Criminal Database Records search
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) search

Healthcare Sanctions Check Items

  • Office of Inspector General (OIG) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Exclusion List check
  • General Services Administration (GSA’s) System for Award Management (SAM) check
  • FDA Debarment List check
  • Global Sanction search

Employment Verification


Education Verification


Drug Screen – 10-panel Drug Screen

Refresh Background Check (after 5 years)

Refresh Healthcare Sanctions Check (annual)



  • Aseptic Technique
  • Electrical Safety/Awareness
  • Fire Safety/Awareness
  • Operating Room Protocol (Sterile/Aseptic Technique)
  • Product Complaints and Medical Device Reporting

Completed continuously

  • Product/Service Competency

Completed annually

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Ethics and Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures

Completed if applicable

  • Radiation Safety
  • Radiation Dosimetry Monitoring


  • Handwashing Technique



  • Influenza – seasonal
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDaP)


  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (Titer or 2-shot series)
  • Varicella/Chickenpox (Titer or 2-shot series)
  • Hepatitis B (Titer or 2 or 3-shot series)

Negative Results

  • Tuberculosis (TB) Test – PPD, Blood Test, or CXR/Symptoms Checklist

Novel Viruses/Communicable Illness

  • CDC Recommendations – Symptom Screening, Testing, Vaccines, and/or Immunity

General Wellness

PPE Guidelines