Medical Safety
Medical Safety Guidance 


Authoritative Standards and Guidelines

Authoritative standards and guidelines are developed by technical or professional societies or by national and international standards-setting organizations.

Compliance is voluntary; however, many government regulators now accept adherence to authoritative standards and guidelines as sufficient for meeting their regulatory requirements especially in the absence of laws.

Listed below are recognized standards-producing organizations. 

Non-Government Resources

·  The Joint Commission Accreditation Manuals external link icon

·   National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards external link icon

·  Facility Guidelines Institute: Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities external link icon

·  United States Pharmacopeia–National Formulary (USP–NF) external link icon

·  ACGIH Threshold Limit Values (TLVs®) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs®) external link icon

·   Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute Standards external link icon

·  American National Standards Institute external link icon

·  American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standards external link icon

·   Compressed Gas Association’s American National Standards external link icon

·  Underwriters Laboratory Standards for Safety external link icon

·   Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s Standards and Recommended Practices external link icon

·   American Society for Testing and Materials Standards external link icon

·   Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Standards external link icon

·    International Organization for Standardization external link icon

·   American Society of Mechanical Engineers external link icon

·   Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers external link icon

·   European Committee for Standardization external link icon

·   International Electrotechnical Commission external link icon

·   Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute external link icon

·    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America external link icon

·   National Electrical Manufacturers Association external link icon

·   Illuminating Engineering Society of North America external link icon

·   American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine external link icon

·   Health Physics Society external link icon


The following 5 journals are available through the AMEDD Virtual Library free of charge. 

Go to:
Click on eJournals. Browse for the journal.  

·    AAOHN Journal

·    AORN Journal

·   Biomedical Engineering

·   Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

·   Journal of Clinical Engineering

Other Journals available:

·    Facility Care  external link icon

·    Health Facilities Management external link icon

·    Journal of Healthcare Protection Management (IAHSS Members) external link icon

·    Materials Management in Healthcare external link icon

·    NFPA Journal (NFPA Members) external link icon

·    Occupational Health and Safety external link icon

·    Professional Safety (ASSE Members) external link icon

·    Security Management external link icon