Proposed Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

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Published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2012.

36 CFR Part 1195
Docket No. ATBCB 2012-0003

AGENCY:  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION:  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

SUMMARY:  The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is proposing accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment.  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 are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.  allowThe standards will allow independent entry to, use of, and exit from the equipment by individuals with disabilities to the maximum extent possible.  The standards do not impose any mandatory requirements on health care providers or medical device manufacturers.  However, other agencies, referred to as an enforcing authority in the standards, may issue regulations or adopt policies that require health care providers subject to their jurisdiction to acquire accessible medical diagnostic equipment that conforms to the standards.

DATES:  Submit comments by June 8, 2012.  Hearings will be held on the proposed standards on the following dates:

  1. March 14, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Washington, DC.
  2. May 8, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Atlanta, GA.

ADDRESSES:  Submit comments by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments.  Regulations.gov ID for this docket is ATBCB-2012-0003.
  • E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Include docket number ATBCB-2012-0003 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax:  202-272-0081.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier:  Office of Technical and Informational Services, Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

All comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and are available for public viewing.

The hearing locations are:

  1. Washington, DC:  Access Board Conference Room, 1331 F Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 2004.
  2. Atlanta, GA:  Hilton Atlanta (Meeting Rooms 309-311), 255 Courtland Street, NE., Atlanta, GA 30303.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Earlene Sesker, Office of Technical and Information Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.  Telephone: (202) 272-0022 (voice) or (202) 272-0091 (TTY).  E-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents for Preamble

  1. Public Participation and Request for Comments
  2. Establishment of Advisory Committee
  3. Background
  4. Organization of Technical Criteria
  5. Discussion of Proposed Standards
  6. Regulatory Analyses