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Readiness Systems is the nation’s leading AED program compliance expert. We offer the industry's most complete AED inspection system to keep AEDs ready, AED program policies that prepare organizations for sudden cardiac arrest emergencies and manage legal risks, and AED program regulatory compliance services that help organizations understand and follow state AED law requirements. We also publish a wide range of AED program compliance tools including the AED Program Best Practices Guide, national AED program design guidelines and the AED Law Center.


For over 25 years, Readiness Systems president Richard A. Lazar has been designing and writing policies for AED programs, providing informed AED program compliance advice to clients and partners nationwide, inventing AED inspection technologies, authoring the industry’s most authoritative AED program compliance resources, and advocating for public policies that have the power to save lives.

Richard’s deep understanding of AED program compliance, legal and risk management issues has led him to testify before the U.S. Congress in support of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, the FDA on AED over-the-counter and reclassification issues and numerous state legislatures on AED public policy issues and immunity laws. Clients benefit from Richard’s unparalleled knowledge, informed guidance and custom-tailored approach.

Earlier in his career, Richard practiced emergency medical services law, designed EMS systems, served as an EMS system administrator and was an emergency medical technician. Richard holds a law degree from Lewis & Clark School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon.

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