The MAHC is provided as guidance for voluntary use by governing bodies at all levels to regulate public AQUATIC FACILITIES. At the state and local levels, the MAHC may be used in part or in whole to:
1) Enact into statute as an act of the state legislative body; or
2) Promulgate as a regulation, rule or code; or
3) Adopt as an ordinance.
CDC is committed to offering, at a minimum, assistance to states and localities in interpreting and implementing the MAHC. CDC welcomes suggestions for how it could best assist localities in using this guidance in the future. CDC also offers a MAHC toolkit (including sample forms and checklists) and is available to give operational guidance to public health pool programs when needed. CDC is committed to expanding its support of the MAHC and ensuring timely updates and improvements.
The MAHC is provided for use by governing bodies at all levels to regulate AQUATIC FACILITIES. At the state and local levels, the MAHC may be used in part or in whole to:
* Enact into statute as an act of the state legislative body;
* Promulgate as a regulation; or
* Adopt as an ordinance.
Typically, CODE adoption bodies (federal, state, and local governments) publish a notice of their intent to adopt a CODE, make copies available for public inspection, and provide an opportunity for public input prior to adoption. As is also outlined in the FDA Model Food Code, this is usually done in one of two ways.
* The recommended method is the "short form" or "adoption by reference" approach where a simple statement is published stating that certified copies of the proposed CODE are on file for public review. This approach may be used by governmental bodies located in states that have enabling laws authorizing the adoption of CODES by reference. An advantage to this approach is a substantial reduction in the cost of publishing and printing.
* The alternative method is the "long form" or "section-by-section" approach where the proposed CODE is published in its entirety. Both methods of adoption allow for the modification of specific provisions to accommodate existing law, administrative procedure, or regulatory policy.