The Joint Commission Introduces New Element of Performance — Service Manuals

George Mills, Director of Engineering for the accrediting organization, The Joint Commission, announced yesterday at the American College of Clinical Engineers (ACCE) meeting a new element of performance expected which essentially requires healthcare organizations to have on hand  service manuals and technical bulletins:

EP 3 provides “The organization has a library of information regarding inspection, testing, and maintenance of its equipment and systems. Note: This library includes manuals, procedures provided by manufacturers, technical bulletins and other information.”

In other news, our general counsel Robert Kerwin, also spoke to the ACCE on the amendment to the MDUFA IV legislation passed this week by the House Energy and Commerce Committee which requires the FDA, if enacted, to provide a report to Congress on its assessment  of the need for further legislation/regulation of servicing by any person other than manufacturers. Mr Kerwin had previously testified before the Subcommittee on Health in opposition to Servicing Legislation  and welcomed the House Committee’s compromise decision to await the FDA report. “Independent services are essential to the healthcare ecosystem and if it’s truly about patient safety, why should some manufacturers withhold manuals all the while claiming further regulation is necessary to address uneven levels of servicer performance.”

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