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Concern rises about the public’s access to healthcare governmental regulations

Published October 28, 2013 by OSP

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) requires all documents incorporated by reference to be made "reasonably available." What that means hasn't been defined, though, and a petition filed in 2012 sought to have the office clarify its practical implications for access. Should, as the petitioners argue, "reasonably available" mean “free” and “available online?” Or should federal regulators develop an alternate approach? In a response to that petition, OFR takes the latter approach: Reasonably available does not need to be free or digitally available, but information about the standard needs to be more available.

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