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Extension of Effective Date
for Standards B1.500 and B2.210

Bulletin 19-5​

​July 9, 2019

Summary:

The Board of Governors has acted on a recommendation from the Standards Committee and approved a Resolution for a six-month extension of the effective date of previously approved changes to Standards B1.500 Written Agreements/Contracts and B2.210 Qualifications. The amendments had been announced in AATB Bulletin #19-1 on January 31, 2019, and have been known as the Medical Director’s Role Amendments. The Standards Committee recommended and the Board of Governors approved the extension of the effective dates for the aforementioned standards from July 31, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Due to the approaching expiration of the initial implementation period, the Committee recommended and the Board of Governors approved the publication of this announcement on an emergency basis.

Rationale:

Following consultation of stakeholders regarding the implementation of these changes and having regard to the concerns voiced by AATB institutional members about some previously unidentified, unintended consequences associated with the amendments, the Standards Committee recognized that a change of this type and significance may need more time for vetting, analysis and preparation.

Therefore, the Committee resolved to provide members with additional time to understand the rationale and intent behind the change, and provide feedback that may be used to confirm or amend the proposed changes. The committee recommended that the Board of Governors approve the extension of the effective date from July 31, 2019 to January 31, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Roman Hitchev at hitchevr@aatb.org.