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Board Organizes Advisory Committee on Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment   July 3, 2012

The Board has named an advisory panel to provide recommendations on new standards for medical diagnostic equipment that were released for public comment earlier this year. The new committee will advise the Board on matters associated with the comments the Board received and information it requested in proposing the standards.

The Board named members to the committee based on responses to a notice it issued requesting nominations. Members of the Medical Diagnostic Equipment Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee include:

• The ADA National Network
• Boston Center for Independent Living
• Brewer Company
• Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc.
• Duke University and Medical Center
• Equal Rights Center
• Evan Terry Associates, P.C.
• GE Healthcare
• Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy at Western University of Health Sciences
• Hausmann Industries, Inc.
• Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
• Hologic, Inc.
• Medical Positioning, Inc.
• Medical Technology Industries, Inc.
• Midmark Corporation
• National Council on Independent Living
• Paralyzed Veterans of America
• Philips Healthcare
• Scale-Tronix, Inc.
• Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
• Stryker Medical
• Sutter Health
• United Spinal Association
• University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Department of Occupational Therapy

In addition, representatives from the departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Veterans Affairs will serve as ex officio members. The committee is structured to represent balanced cross section of stakeholders and interested parties, including medical device manufacturers, health care providers, disability groups, and others, as indicated in a recent notice. The Board regrets not being able to accommodate all requests for committee membership.

The dates for the committee's first meeting, which will take place in September at the Board's conference center, are being finalized. The committee is expected to meet at least four times over the course of two months. Committee meetings will be open to the public and will provide opportunities for all interested parties to provide information and make comments. Its work will be conducted in accordance with regulations governing Federal advisory committees. Committee membership is voluntary, and members will not be paid or reimbursed for their services.

For further information, visit the Board's website or contact Rex Pace at, (202) 272-0023 (v), or (202) 272-0052 (TTY). Those interested in this rulemaking and the work of the committee can sign up to receive further updates.


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