The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" authorizes the Access Board to develop new access standards for medical diagnostic equipment including examination tables and chairs, weight scales, x-ray machines and other radiological equipment, and mammography equipment.

The standards, which the Board is developing in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, will address independent access to, and use of, equipment by people with disabilities to the maximum extent possible. The Board proposed standards for public comment and organized an advisory committee to review the comments and to prepare recommendations for the Board’s use in finalizing the standards. 


MDE Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee 


Proposed MDE Standards and Related Information



  • March 23, 2010 - President Obama signs into law "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"
  • July 29, 2010 - Board holds public information meeting
  • February 9, 2012 - Board proposes standards for public comment
  • June 8, 2012 - Comment period deadline
  • July 5, 2012 - Board organizes MDE Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee 
  • December 6, 2013 - MDE Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee submits its final report to the Board 
  • September 14, 2016 - Board approves final rule for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)