In collaboration with the American Hospital Association's American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the International Code Council has launched a committee to improve, simplify and reduce redundancy in building codes for hospital and ambulatory care facilities. Among other goals, the ad hoc committee will work to reduce conflicts caused by overlapping local and federal building and fire code requirements, and confusion between the multiple authorities responsible for code enforcement.
ASHE Deputy Director Douglas Erickson said AHA and ASHE members "are committed to providing safe and efficient health care facilities. Our members dedicate countless financial and human resources to assure fire and building codes and standards are continuously met in our facilities, and this effort will strive to streamline the process. Every dollar a hospital spends on redundant codes is a dollar that is drawn away from direct patient care."