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Are you an instructor making fewer than 35 copies of several pages (not more than 5 pages) of AHIMA materials for use as handouts in a classroom setting at an AHIMA-accredited learning institution? Permission is not necessary.
Are you passing along a few copies to fellow colleagues simply as a matter of education and information-sharing? Permission is not necessary.
Are you compiling, copying, or binding various materials for classroom or other distribution? Permission is required. Fill out the AHIMA Permissions Request.
Are you providing handouts for any situation not addressed above? Permission is required. Fill out the AHIMA Permissions Request.