Stringency of CLAS Standards
In addition to the type of their content, each of the CLAS Standards also falls under 1 of 3 levels of regulatory stringency.
Four of the CLAS Standards are classified as federal mandates, meaning that the measures discussed in them are requirements that apply to all organizations that receive funding from the US government. Standards 4, 5, 6, and 7 are mandates.
The largest group of CLAS Standards are classified as
guidelines. This means that the Office of Minority Health (OMH) has suggested that federal, state, and national accrediting agencies adopt them as mandates. Standards 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 are currently classified as guidelines.
The OMH has classified 1 standard as a recommendation, meaning that it is suggested for voluntary adoption by healthcare organizations; this is Standard 14.