The US Access Board’s Medical Diagnostic Equipment (MDE) Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee released its report, Advancing Equal Access to Diagnostic Services: Recommendations on Standards for the Design of Medical Diagnostic Equipment for Adults with Disabilities. The report includes detailed accessibility standards covering examination tables, x-ray machines, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment. The standards were required by the Affordable Care Act. The 24-member Advisory Committee was formed in July 2012 to make recommendations to the Access Board on the final standards.
The Access Board Advisory Committee on Medical Diagnostic Equipment will hold a teleconference on June 17, 2013 from 1 – 4:30 ET. The Board was charged with developing standards to address accessibility of examination tables, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other diagnostic equipment by the Affordable Care Act. Proposed standards were released by the Board in February 2012. In July 2012, the Board created an advisory committee to help it address issues raised in public comments in response to the proposed rules. During the teleconference, the committee will review its final report. There will be opportunity for public comment during the call. More information is available on the Access Board’s website.
The US Access Board announced that it will develop guidelines to address acoustics in classrooms that are newly constructed or significantly renovated. For additional information, see the rulemaking announcement.