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VA RIN: 2900-AQ97 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Informed Consent and Advance Directives 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published an interim final rule amending its regulation regarding informed consent and advance directives. In that rulemaking, we amended the regulation by reorganizing it and amending language where necessary to enhance clarity; and made changes to facilitate the informed consent process, the ability to communicate with patients or surrogates through available modalities of communication, and the execution and witness requirements for a VA Advance Directive. After a review of the public comments, we are making an amendment to the interim final rule and providing the public an opportunity to comment on this new amendment.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 17.32    38 CFR 17.38(b)    38 CFR 17.32(g)    5 CFR 1320.3(c)   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 7301(b)    42 U.S.C. 1395cc(f)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  05/27/2020  85 FR 31690   
Interim Final Rule Effective  05/27/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  07/27/2020 
Interim Final Rule  02/04/2022  87 FR 6425   
Interim Final Rule Effective  02/04/2022 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  04/05/2022 
Final Action  05/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lucinda Potter
National Center for Ethics in Health Care (10E1E)
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:484 678-7228