Gaining perspective through public comment period

July 20, 2022
Protecting the public is at the heart of everything we do at the National Registry of EMTs. From our examinations to our research, we are committed to ensuring competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers. We are not alone in this commitment, though.  

The National Registry acknowledges that quality EMS education is best achieved through a systems approach – one in which several organizations play key roles. Education is a critical component of EMS and therefore requires input from many EMS and healthcare partners.  

Recently, the National Registry board passed a proposed resolution to explore the potential for expanding the eligibility requirements for certification. The resolution would update the eligibility criteria for all levels (EMR, EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic) to include successful completion of an EMS education program that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and:  
  • Has been awarded CAAHEP accreditation, or  
  • Has been issued a CoAEMSP "Letter of Review," or  
  • Has received state EMS office approval 

The National Registry opened its 60-day comment period after the June Board meeting.  This period is designed to capture the feedback and perspective of the community and national partner organizations so that the National Registry Board can make an informed decision when the comment period concludes. Final decisions on these resolutions will not be made until after the consideration of comments. 

"There is a wide range of perspectives shared so far in the comment period," said Kevin Mackey, Board Chair of the National Registry. "We have received feedback on our current board processes, the impact this resolution has on the EMS education and regulatory systems, and prominently, the effects of the resolution on the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: a Systems Approach."  

"We are grateful for the comments and public statements shared," said Bill Seifarth, CEO and Executive Director of the National Registry. "We are actively working with our Board so they may review the comments, study the rationale, and understand diverse perspectives when it comes time for a final decision."  

The 60-day comment period for all resolutions continues through August 17, 2022. The National Registry encourages feedback and comments from all corners of the EMS community.  

Media Contact: 
Shane Cartmill 
Public Relations & Media Manager