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Final Order Granted: Extension to Temporary Waiver

Bulletin 12-11

August 3, 2012

AATB Bulletin No. 12-4 issued on April 5, 2012 alerted you to the need to file for extension of a temporary waiver with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) of the State of Florida. The expiration of the "Final Order of Temporary Waiver to Rule 59A-1.005(35)(a)2 of the Florida Administrative Code" was approaching. This part of the Rule describes a requirement for a tissue donor serology panel to include an "FDA-licensed HTLV test."

Fifty-one AATB-accredited tissue banks responded and sent the required information to be a co-petitioner with the AATB's blanket submission.

On May 3, 2012, the AATB filed the formal petition for an extension to the Rule. We recently received notice of the Final Order granting extension to the temporary waiver from this requirement and a new expiration date of October 1, 2014. On behalf of AHCA, the AATB e-mailed this Final Order of Extension to all co-petitioners.

If your tissue bank is a member of the AATB's co-petitioner group and you have not yet received a copy of the Final Order, contact Scott Brubaker.