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Healthcare Interpretations Task Force
IHS participates in a coalition of major organizations who have a specific interest in the application of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code in health care situations. The coalition is called the Health Care Interpretations Task Force (HITF) and is comprised of representatives from AHCA, ASHE, IFMA, CMS, The Joint Commission, NFPA, VA, DoD, and IHS. The HITF meets twice per year during the annual NFPA Conference and was established so that member organizations could develop a consistent understanding and implementation of health care related Life Safety Code requirements. Member organizations may request interpretations of the Life Safety Code through their representative. For IHS, the representative is the DES Codes Committee Chairperson. Only HITF members who are also Authorities Having Jurisdiction (IFMA, CMS, The Joint Commission, VA, DoD, and IHS) are allowed to vote on interpretation requests. All member organizations have agreed to be bound by decisions rendered by the HITF, and hence, these decisions are included herein.
Interpretations issued by the HITF, as well as procedures, protocols, meeting minutes, and other information may be found on the NFPA Health Care Interpretations Task Force website .