Guidance on the Use of AAMI Standards
AAMI members and nonmembers may reference standards freely and are encouraged to do so. In addition, AAMI members and non-members may submit an AAMI standard to a regulatory body for the purpose of meeting specific regulatory requirements and/or for the internal use of the regulatory body.
Specifically, AAMI members may quote, print or otherwise use or communicate portions of the standards if all the following conditions are met:
- The use cannot state or imply AAMI endorsement of products or services or that AAMI, in any way, represents that such products or services meet or exceed AAMI standards. Also, users cannot imply any form of AAMI endorsement of their expertise pertaining to AAMI standards.
- The use accurately represents a standard’s content; stage of development or approval; and in the case of an adopted international standard, the degree of adoption (identical, or with deviation) in the U.S.
- The use involves the content of a standard in final form. Draft standards shall not be used, reprinted, distributed or published under any circumstances except as provided by additional guidance included with the distribution of draft standards.
- The use is not for a commercial or for-profit purpose, i.e., does not divert income from AAMI.
Nonmembers of AAMI may not duplicate, publish, quote, print or otherwise communicate the content of an AAMI standard without the prior written permission of AAMI. (Individual membership provides the licenses outlined in this guidance.)
Except as set forth in this paragraph, a member or non-member may not reprint the entire standard or substantially all of the relevant provisions of a standard or standards without AAMI’s prior, written permission. However, as set forth above, AAMI members and non-members may submit an AAMI standard to a regulatory body for the purpose of meeting specific regulatory requirements and/or for the internal use of the regulatory body.
When requested, AAMI staff will review proposed uses of AAMI standards for compliance with this guidance and for the granting of licenses for specific uses. Please allow at least one week for review. Any questions concerning this guidance should be referred to Steve Campbell, Chief Operations Officer, AAMI.
Approved by AAMI Board of Directors June 23, 2006
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