Jennifer Moyer: Five Tricks to Help You ‘Set Standards’

As a healthcare technology professional, you can play a major role in creating the AAMI standards that pertain to a growing list of medical devices and equipment. Here’s how:

1. Select your area of expertise.

Are you wild about wireless? Crazy about cardiac rhythm devices? AAMI has a plethora of standards committees, and it is likely there is one to fit your area of expertise. We are always seeking input from the people that design, test, regulate, and use equipment so please don’t be shy about adding your voice to the process.

2. Find a committee that fits.

Select one (or two!) that might benefit from your participation. There are two places to find the complete committee list:


3. E-mail questions to a committee staff person.

Overwhelmed by the list? Not sure if a particular committee is right for you? E-mail the AAMI staff person responsible for that group and ask for a copy of the minutes from the last meeting or for a summary of the committee’s work. Contact information can be found on each Committee Central page:

4. Fill out an application.

Ready to go? Time to complete an application!

Each person interested in joining a committee must complete an application, providing contact/company information, AAMI membership status, disclosure information, and the name of the committee that you’d like to join. This link will give you everything you need to start the process:

5. Attend a meeting during Standards Week, provide comments, and vote!

Congratulations, you are on the committee! Now what?

The most effective way for your voice to be heard is to attend a committee meeting. There you will meet the other experts in the field and be able to share your own expertise. AAMI has several dedicated Standards Weeks during the year where meetings are bundled together in order to give members the most bang for their buck. The first Standards Week in 2014 takes place the week of April 14 and covers most areas of sterilization and reprocessing of equipment. The next one takes place in Philadelphia from May 31 until June 3 where a mix of device and software committees will be meeting: Stay tuned for information on the third and fourth Standards Weeks!

Don’t have time or support to attend? AAMI tries to facilitate remote participation by having a conference line and WebEx available where it is possible. Even if you can’t attend, there is an opportunity to comment on draft standards as they move through the development process. Most importantly: vote! Voting on draft standards is the primary obligation of committee members. If you don’t vote, you run the risk of being removed from the committee, so please be sure to fulfil this very basic requirement!

Jennifer Moyer is a director of standards at AAMI.

One thought on “Jennifer Moyer: Five Tricks to Help You ‘Set Standards’

  1. Standards are very important. One of the most important standards everyone in our industry should adopt and follow is this one: Never give an equipment salesman a demo equipment inspection sticker unless he has first given you a .pdf copy of the full, NFPA-99 compliant factory technical service manual for the device he intends to demonstrate in your hospital. Then, review that manual and test the demo device accordingly. Far too many biomeds don’t have the service manuals they need because another biomed failed at this critical junction in the device life cycle. At no other time does one have as much leverage over an OEM to get the real service manual as when the sales rep is chasing the sale. Making it “standard” that biomeds do demo inspections comprehensively and requiring the OEM provide a full factory service manual as a qualification for the demo is the best way to fix two of our industries chronic issues. This is a standard practice both AAMI and every biomed should get behind and adopt. Please make it your standard today.

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