The New NFPA 25 Standard

Q: Just read your latest post on testing of PIVs and backflows in accordance with NFPA25.  You referenced the 1998 edition.  But aren’t we supposed to be following the newly adopted 2012LSC? I’m looking at it, and it now references the 2011 edition of NFPA25.

A: No… all CMS regulated hospitals are currently on the 1998 edition of NFPA 25. They will not move to the 2011 edition of NFPA 25 until the adoption of the 2012 LSC is effective, which will not happen until July 5, 2016, according to CMS’s final rule. At that point, CMS will expect compliance with the 2011 edition of NFPA 25. However, don’t expect your accreditation organization to be enforcing the new 2012 LSC (and referenced standards, like the NFPA 25) at that time. They have to submit changes to their manual to CMS for approval before they can enforce the 2012 LSC. That process may not be completed until September… or later.