Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)

During the MAHC development process, experts agreed the MAHC should be regularly improved and updated to keep pace with the latest science, industry advances, and public health findings. To facilitate this process, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)External, was organized in 2014.

The CMAHC manages updates to, and promotes voluntary adoption of, the MAHC. The MAHC is sustainable, current, and complete because the people who use it also research, develop, discuss, and vote on proposed changes through membership in the CMAHC. The CMAHC helps facilitate this process by:

  • Coordinating and prioritizing research needs to help ensure the proposed changes are science- and evidence-based.
  • Coordinating and hosting the Vote on the Code Triennial Conference, where public health and industry leaders gather to discuss and vote on the proposed changes and new content for the MAHC.

After the conference, the CMAHC submits the proposed changes to CDC as advice on how the MAHC needs to change to keep up with the latest science and best practices. Throughout the year, CMAHC staff educate local and state authorities, aquatic facility owners and operators, designers and builders, manufacturers, and suppliers about the MAHC and its potential for ensuring a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.

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Page last reviewed: July 18, 2018