Rules & Regulations 

The State Board of Health is empowered to make all necessary and reasonable rules and regulations of a general nature for the protection of the public health and safety; for the general amelioration of the sanitary and hygienic conditions within the state; for the suppression and prevention of infectious, contagious, and communicable diseases; for the proper enforcement of quarantine, isolation, and control of such diseases; and for the proper control of chemical exposures that may result in adverse health effects to the public.  The Department of Health is the state agency responsible for implementing the Board's regulations.

This site was developed to provide easy access to all State Board of Health rules and other pertinent legal documents.

Please see the Table of Contents to view the Board's rules.

Rules and Regulations Currently Being Amended, Repealed or Promulgated

The Board updates its regulations on a continuing basis.  The Board must follow the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA") to amend, repeal or adopt a regulation.  An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any regulation being amended, repealed or proposed and the Board values your comments and questions.  If you are interested in a summary of the APA, please utilize the link provided below.

Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules

Immunization Requirements


The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. in Room L137 (the Engineering Conference Room) of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on proposed changes to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization Requirements pursuant to ACA §§ 20-7-109, 6-18-702, 6-60-501 - 504, and 20-78-206.The public may submit written comments no later than 8:00 a.m. on May 13, 2014. Comments may be sent by email to Hilda.Douglas@Arkansas.gov or by mail to: Hilda Douglas, Assistant Section Chief, Immunization Section, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham, Slot 48, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Immunization Requirements
Notice of Public Comment
Summary of Proposed Changes
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization Requirements - Current
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization Requirements - Proposed
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization Requirements - Repealed
Financial Impact Statement
Financial Impact Statement Supplement
Public Hearing Minutes

Vital Records Administration

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on April 7, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., at the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham Street, Central Office, Room # L137, Engineering, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed adoption of the Rules and Regulations pertaining to the Administration of Vital Records.
The public may submit written comments to: John Senner, Director, Center for Public Health Practice, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 52, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867, no later than 4:30p.m., on April 7, 2014.

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Proposed Amendments to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Administration of Vital Records
Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement
Report of Induced Termination of Pregnancy Form

Communicable Disease

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Room L137 of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on proposed changes to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Communicable Disease pursuant to Act 96 of 1913, Amended ACA §§ 20-7-101 et seq.
Comments may be sent by mail to Hilda.Douglas@Arkansas.gov or by mail to: Hilda Douglas, Assistant Section Chief, Immunization Section, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham, Slot 48, Little Rock, AR 72205
The public comment period has been extended to allow written comments to be submitted no later than 8:00 a.m. on May 1, 2014

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Proposed Amendments to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Communicable Disease
Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Changes

General Sanitation

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on January 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Room #2401, Room, 4815 West Markham at Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revision of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to General Sanitation.
The public may submit written comments to: J. Terry Paul, R.S., Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot # 46, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 30, 2014.

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Proposed Amendments to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to General Sanitation
Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement

Home Caregiver Training in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Friday, December 20th at 9 a.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, Room 801, 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons an opportunity to comment on proposed Rules and Regulations for Home Caregiver Training in Arkansas. The proposed rules outline training requirements for compensated home caregivers to become qualified as Trained In-Home Assistants as required by Act 1410 of 2013, Ark. Code Ann. § 20-77-2101 et seq.

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Proposed Rules and Regulations for Home Caregiver Training in Arkansas
Notice of Public Comment

Abortion Facilities in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Friday, December 20th at 10: 00 a.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, Room 801, 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons an opportunity to comment on proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Abortion Facilities in Arkansas. The proposal incorporates statutory changes in the definition of abortion and requires a fetal age determination policy for licensed abortion facilities.

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Proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Abortion Facilities in Arkansas
Notice of Public Comment

Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Friday, December 20th at 11: 00 a.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, Room 801, 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons an opportunity to comment on proposed revisions to the following two sets of administrative rules: Rules and Regulations for Hospitals in Arkansas; and Rules and Regulations for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas. Identical changes are proposed for each.

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Proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations Critical Access Hospitals
Proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Hospitals
Notice of Public Comment

Emergency Medical Services

The Arkansas Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services will hold a public hearing on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 801, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on amendments to the proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Emergency Medical Services pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §20-13-201 et seq. The proposed revisions would: (1) add language concerning the triage of traumatically injured patients, Section XV,(A); (2) adds the Field Triage Decision Scheme: The Arkansas Trauma Triage Protocol as Appendix 2. The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed amendments to: Greg Brown, Section Chief, Emergency Medical Services, 5800 West Tenth Street, Suite 800 Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 , or in person to the Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 800, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 6, 2013.

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Proposed Amendments to the Rules and Regulations for Emergency Medical Services
Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement

Communicable Disease List

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Draft of the Proposed Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Communicable Disease

List of Controlled Substances

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013, in Room #2508 of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment of Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas. The public may submit written comments no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013.  Comments may be sent by email to james.myatt@arkansas.gov or by mail to James Myatt, PD, Chief, Pharmacy Services and Drug Control Branch, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot #25, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205.

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Public Notice
Summary of Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations Pertaining to List of Controlled Substances

Hospital Discharge Data System

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on May 30, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham Street, Room 2508, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed adoption of the rules and regulations pertaining to the Hospital Discharge Data System. Copies of the proposed Rules and Regulations will be available for public inspection and copying at the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham Street, Room 383, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 3867.The public may submit written comments to: Lynda Lehing, Section Chief, Hospital Discharge Data System, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot -19, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867 no later than 8:00 a.m. on May 30, 2013.

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Draft of the Proposed Rules and Regulations pertaining to the Hospital Discharge Data System
Notice of Public Comment

Arkansas Plumbing Code

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing Friday, April 15, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revision to sections; definitions, 605.2 & 615 of the Arkansas Plumbing Code.

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Draft of the Proposed Change to Arkansas Plumbing Code
Notice of Public Comment

Proposed Rules

State Sponsored Home Visitation Programs

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Freeway Medical Tower, Board Room #906, 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons an opportunity to comment on proposed establishment of the Rules and Regulations Governing State Sponsored Home Visitation Programs in Arkansas.   Copies of the proposed rules and regulations are available for public inspection and copying at the Arkansas Department of Health, Family Health Branch, Freeway Medical Towers, 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas – Suite 401, Little Rock, Arkansas.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting Bradley Planey at 501-661-2480 or by email to Bradley.Planey@arkansas.gov.  The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed Rules and Regulations by mail or in person to:  Bradley Planey, Branch Chief, Family Health Branch, Arkansas Department of Health, 5800 West 10th Street, Suite 401, Little Rock, Arkansas.  Comments must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014. 

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Proposed establishment of the Rules and Regulations Governing State Sponsored Home Visitation Programs in Arkansas
Public Notice
Financial Impact Statement

Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on January 31, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at 4815 West Markham, Room 2508 (Lab Training Room), Little Rock, AR 72205, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas promulgated pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 17-82-706.

The public may submit written comments to: Robert Brech, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 55 , Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867 no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 3, 2014, or via email to Robert.Brech@arkansas.gov.

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Proposed Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas
Public Notice
Financial Impact Statement

Advisory Board for Interpreters and Rules Governing the Licensure of Provisional and Qualified Interpreters

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on January 31, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at 4815 West Markham, Room 2508 (Lab Training Room), Little Rock, AR 72205, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed Rules Governing the Advisory Board for Interpreters between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, or Oral Deaf and Rules Governing the Licensure of Provisional and Qualified Interpreters, pursuant to the Arkansas Administrative Procedures Act, Ark. Code Ann. § 25-15-201 et seq.
The public may submit written comments to:  S. Elizabeth Pitman, Deputy General Counsel, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot 31, Little Rock, Arkansas  72205-3867 no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2014, or via email to Sarah.Pitman@arkansas.gov.

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Proposed Rules Governing the Advisory Board for Interpreters between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, or Oral Deaf and Rules Governing the Licensure of Provisional and Qualified Interpreters
Public Notice
Financial Impact Statement
Emergency Rulemaking Findings

Rules
 

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Dental Hygientists
Rules and Regulations pertaining to Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas

Proposed Repeal

Administrative Procedures

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on December 9, 2013, in Room 902 of the Freeway Medical Tower, 5800 West 10th Street  Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed repeal of Administrative Procedures for the Arkansas State Board of Health and the Arkanss Department of Health.

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Proposed Repeal of Administrative Procedures
Notice of Public Comment

Act 1337 of 2013 - Primates

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Act 1337 of 2013 - Primates
Attorney General's Opinion

Primate Registration for the State of Arkansas

Arkansas Public Health Law Bench Book

Legal preparedness is crucial to successful public health planning. Being prepared legally for a public health emergency includes having adequate legal authorities in place, knowing of those legal authorities, presenting accessible legal information to the public health officials in your community or state, ensuring those public health officials can competently apply the relevant laws in an emergency, and enabling public health officials to coordinate actions across government agencies and jurisdictions and with the public sector. To accomplish these goals, a bench book has been developed by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.  You may access the bench book at the link provided below.

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Arkansas Public Health Law Bench Book

Contact Address
Rules Regulations

4815 West Markham, Slot #31
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867