Standards Adoption Process
The adoption process relies primarily on a number of HHS-designated standards-setting organizations to develop, coordinate, and revise technical standards. The Secretary may adopt a standard developed or modified by:
- A standard-setting organization
- A group other than a standard-setting organization, based on certain criteria outlined in Section 1172 of the Social Security Act
If no standard exists, the Secretary must rely on the recommendations of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and consult with the designated standards-setting organizations.
When adopting a standard, the Secretary is required to publish the recommendations of the NCVHS in the Federal Register.
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