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NPR 7120.11A
Effective Date: September 08, 2020
Expiration Date: September 08, 2025
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Subject: NASA Health and Medical Technical Authority (HMTA) Implementation

Responsible Office: Office of the Chief Health & Medical Officer

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P.1 Purpose

This directive describes the roles, responsibilities, and procedural requirements for implementing the HMTA to protect the health and lives of all personnel of an aircraft or a spacecraft from hazards associated with performing flight missions and associated testing and training.

P.2 Applicability

a. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers. This language applies to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) (a Federally Funded Research and Development Center), other contractors, recipients of grants or cooperative agreements, and parties to other agreements only to the extent specified or referenced in the applicable contract, grant, or agreement.

b. This directive is applicable to Mission Directorates and their programs and projects performing flight activities.

c. The directive is applicable to:

(1) All NASA human space flight activities.

(2) Internationally and commercially provided space systems involving all personnel of a spacecraft, where the requirements are applicable as flowed from programs or projects, and documented in distinct separate agreements such as joint or multilateral agreements.

(3) Atmospheric flight activities involving all personnel of an aircraft.

(4) Research and Technology Development programs involving flight crews or other occupants.

(5) Specific elements of the NASA Occupational Health Program, as described herein.

d. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term “shall.” The terms “may” denotes a discretionary privilege or permission, “can” denotes statements of possibility or capability, “should” denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, “will” denotes expected outcome, and “are/is” denotes descriptive material.

e. In this directive, all document citations are assumed the latest version unless otherwise noted.

P.3 Authority

a. National Aeronautics and Space Act, 51 U.S.C. § 20113(a).

b. NPD 1000.0, NASA Governance and Strategic Management Handbook.

c. NPD 1000.3, The NASA Organization.

d. NPD 8900.1, Medical Operations Responsibilities in Support of Human Space Flight Programs.

e. NPD 8900.5, NASA Health and Medical Policy for Human Space Exploration.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. NPR 1800.1, NASA Occupational Health Program Procedures.

b. NPR 7120.5, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements.

c. NASA-STD-3001, NASA Space Flight Human System Standards.

d. NASA/SP-2014-3705, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Handbook.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

The CHMO will measure and verify compliance with this directive by:

a. Monitoring the development, approval, and execution of NASA Center HMTA Implementation Plans. This will include appropriate reviews by, and reporting to, the CHMO.

b. Monitoring life-cycle reviews.

c. Assessing requests for relief to applicable HMTA requirements.

P.6 Cancellation

NPR 7120.11, NASA Health and Medical Technical Authority (HMTA) Implementation, dated November 01, 2011.

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