National Registry Board of Directors Rescinds Expanded Eligibility Resolution

August 18, 2022
The National Registry Board of Directors voted to rescind 22-Resolution-13 (the resolution on extending eligibility requirements) during its special meeting on August 17, 2022 and will continue conversation with national partners and key stakeholders to progress towards more inclusive solutions. 

This decision came after an informative 60-day comment period, during which the National Registry received over 1,000 different perspectives, questions and concerns. We realize the magnitude of this decision and its impact on the national EMS System. 

While we regret the magnitude of the disruption from the draft resolution, we are confident that the nation’s EMS system has emerged with a collaborative and common purpose. We witnessed the passion behind the ‘systems approach’, a concept forged years ago to unite all parts of our profession. This resolution started conversations that many have signaled were needed.  We are excited to continue that discussion and pursue solutions that best serve the needs of the local to national EMS communities, while preserving the tenets of the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach. 

That conversation will continue with a national taskforce comprised of representatives from 10 national organizations. This taskforce will work collaboratively, with transparency, and with the vested interest to our broader national EMS community, to further the conversation and explore solutions for the challenges facing our “EMS education systems.” 

We will provide updates from this taskforce and share public notes summarizing the discussions, so you remain informed and involved in this conversation. 

While the public comment period for this resolution is closed, our channel for feedback remains open. We encourage you to reach out to us and ask the crucial questions you have and to participate in improving our profession and moving it forward. 

-Kevin Mackey