Panel to Ensure Disabled Have Access to Medical Imaging Equipment

The proposed standards contain minimum technical criteria on medical diagnostic equipment and imaging equipment used by health care providers for diagnostic purposes
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The U.S. government is accepting applications for an advisory panel being established to ensure imaging equipment used by health-care providers for diagnostic purposes is accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities.

On March 13, 2012, the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, an independent agency dedicated to ensuring people with disabilities have access where needed, posted a Federal Register notice—Medical Diagnostic Equipment Accessibility Standards—announcing it is accepting applications for the advisory committee.

“The proposed standards contain minimum technical criteria to ensure that medical diagnostic equipment, including examination tables, examination chairs, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other imaging equipment used by health care providers for diagnostic purposes,” the March 13 notice says.

In addition, the advisory committee is being established because of issues raised bypublic comments filed in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on Feb. 9, 2012 on accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment, the notice says.

In order for the standards to facilitate the accessibility of such medical diagnostic equipment, the board requests applications from interested organizations for representatives to serve on the advisory committee, the notice says. Applications for representatives of stakeholder groups for membership on the panel are requested; such groups include:

-- Medical-device manufacturers
-- Health-care providers
-- Standards setting organizations
-- Organizations representing individuals with disabilities
-- Federal agencies
-- Other organizations affected by the proposed standards

The board encourages organizations with similar interests to submit a single application to represent their interests.