March 19, 2020

ACR Submits Comments to OMB on Guidance for AI Regulations

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) stressed the importance of cultivating public trust and collaborating with professional associations representing AI end-users in comments submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) March 12 regarding the draft memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies, titled Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications.

When finalized, the OMB memorandum will implement key aspects of Section 6 of Executive Order 13859, Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, by providing guidance to inform the regulatory and non-regulatory approaches federal agencies are taking to the various technologies and sectors that are empowered or enabled by AI.

The ACR’s comment letter addressed the proposed, high-level principles for federal stewardship of AI applications, non-regulatory approaches to AI oversight and opportunities to reduce barriers to AI’s deployment and use.

The ACR stressed the importance of validation and real-world performance monitoring to ensure the safety and effectiveness of AI applications in health care. The College also urged the OMB and federal agencies to engage developers and end-users to build public trust in AI applications and government approaches to oversight.