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Headings

Use a heading for each designated component of the regulations. A heading is a catch line that describes the subject matter of a particular component of your regulations. Descriptive headings should illustrate the logic and arrangement of your regulations. Descriptive headings help readers locate the provisions of the regulations that apply to them.

EXAMPLE:

Part 2 - EMERGENCY CHILD HEALTH CARE

Subpart A - Administration of Emergency Care


Sec.

2.1 Purpose

2.2 Applicability

2.3 Board of directors: Appointment.

2.4 Board of directors: Term of office.

2.5 Board of directors: Duties.

2.6 Filing complaints; time limits; action by the Board.


Subpart B - Maintenance of Information
2.10 Retain information 10 years.

2.11 Expunge information.


Use headings to indicate that material in a series of section is related.

EXAMPLE:

2.3 Board of directors: Appointment.

2.4 Board of directors: Term of office.

2.5 Board of directors: Duties.


Use headings to indicate that a group of related subjects is treated together in a single section.

EXAMPLE:

2.6 Filing complaints; time limits; action by the Board.


Use headings only down to the section level of your regulations, unless a reader would miss significant information in a section. However, headings at the paragraph level are carried within the text of the CFR but not in the table of contents.

EXAMPLE:

2.10 Retain information 10 years.

(a) The 10-year rule.

(b) Exceptions: 15-year rule when younger sibling is endangered.

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