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Rules and Regulations Currently Being Amended, Repealed or Promulgated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  An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any regulation being amended, repealed or proposed and the Board values your comments and questions.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

Body Art

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on December 15, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Auditorium, 4815 West Markham at Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revision of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Body Art.The public may submit written comments to: Sharon Holloman, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot # 46, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 15, 2014.

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations Body Art in Arkansas
Questionnaire for Filing
Summary of Proposed changes

Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 906, the Department’s Board Room, of the Freeway Medical Tower building at 5800 West 10th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed adoption of revisions to the Arkansas State Board of Health Rules and Regulations for Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act as amended, Ark. Code Ann. 25-15-201 et seq., by the authority of Ark. Code Ann. 20-21-203--217. The public may submit written comments the following ways: during the Public Hearing, to adh.ram@arkansas.gov, or to the Radiation Control Section Chief, Radiation Control Section, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot #30, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205-3867. The public may also submit comments orally by calling the Radiation Control Section at (501) 661-2301.

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Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation – full draft
Proposed revisions – subdraft
Summary of Proposed Changes
Financial Impact Statement
Written Findings regarding financial impact

Cosmetology in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, 5800 W. 10th St., Room 906, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Cosmetology in Arkansas.
The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed revisions to Kelli Kersey, Section Chief, Cosmetology Section, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham St., Ste. # 8, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205, or by email to kelli.kersey@arkansas.gov or in person at the same address, no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 1, 2014.

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations Cosmetology in Arkansas
Questionnaire for Filing
Summary of Proposed changes

Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 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 following two sets of administrative rules: Rules and Regulations for Hospitals in Arkansas; and Rules and Regulations for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas.  The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed revisions by mail or in person to: Connie Melton, Section Chief, Health Facilities Services, Arkansas Department of Health, 5800 West 10th St., Ste. 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Comments must be received no later than 12:00 noon on December 2, 2014. 

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Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations for Hospitals in Arkansas
Proposed Rules and Regulations for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas
Summary of Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations for Hospitals in Arkansas; and Rules and Regulations for Critical Access Hospitals in Arkansas
Financial Impact Statement

List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on November 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Room #L137 at the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas. The public may submit written comments to: James Myatt, Branch Chief, Pharmacy Services, 4815 West Markham, Slot 25, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, or by email address to james.myatt@arkansas.gov no later than 8:30 a.m. on December 1, 2014.

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas
Questionnaire for Filing
Summary of Proposed changes

Testing of Newborn Infants

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on November 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at the Public Health Laboratory, 201 South Monroe Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revisions of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Testing of Newborn Infants. Copies of the proposed Rules and Regulations will be available for public inspection and copying at the Public Health Laboratory, 201 South Monroe Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. The public may submit written comments to: Leslie Himstedt, Newborn Screening Laboratory, 201 South Monroe Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or by email to Leslie.Himstedt@arkansas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2014.

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Testing of Newborn Infants
Summary of Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Testing of Newborn Infants
Financial Impact Statement

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on October 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room, 201 S. Monroe, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revisions of the Arkansas Regulations for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices. Copies of the proposed Rules and Regulations will be available for public inspection and copying at the Office of Alcohol Testing of the Arkansas Department of Health, 201 S. Monroe, Little Rock, Arkansas.The public may submit written comments to: Laura Bailey, Office of Alcohol Testing, 201 S. Monroe, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or by email address to laura.bailey2@arkansas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2014.

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices
Summary of Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices
Financial Impact Statement

Communicable Disease

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. on September 10, 2014 in Room #L137 of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on proposed changes to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Reportable Disease Section XII. Congenital Syphilis pursuant to Act 179 of 2011.The public may submit written comments no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 10, 2014. Comments may be sent by email to or by mail to: Naveen Patil, MD, Medical Director, STI/HIV/Hepatitis C/TB Section Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot #45 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or email Naveen.Patil@arkansas.gov

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Notice of Public Comment
Summary of Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Communicable Disease
Questionnaire for Filing

Reportable Disease List

Recent Final Rules

Controlled Substances and List of Controlled Substances

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Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Controlled Substances 
Summary of Comments Received - Controlled Substances
Financial Impact Statement - Controlled Substances

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas

Summary of Comments Received - Controlled Substances List
Financial Impact Statement - Controlled Substances List

Arkansas Trauma System

Downloads
Notice of Public Comment
Summary of Proposed Changes
Arkansas Trauma System Rules and Regulations 
Questionnaire for Filing
Financial Impact Statement
Comments and Responses

Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation

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Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Control of Sources of Ionizing Radiation – full draft
Proposed revisions – NRC subdraft
Proposed revisions – Section 6 and revisions related to Section 6 and Section 11 subdraft
Proposed revisions – Section 11 subdraft
2014 proposed amendments cross reference
Proposed revisions – Post public comment
Public Comments and Responses

Vital Records Administration

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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
Final Rules and Regulations for the Administration of Vital Records

Reportable Diseases

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Financial Impact Statement
Final Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Reportable Disease

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

Downloads
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.

Downloads
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.

Downloads
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.

Downloads
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.

Downloads
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

Perinatal Regionalization

Premature babies or babies with medical complications have better survival rates when they are delivered in facilities offering specialized care.

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Arkansas Perinatal Regionalization Levels of Care

 State Sponsored Home Visitation Programs

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Rules and Regulations Governing State Sponsored Home Visitation Programs in Arkansas
Public Notice Comment Summary
Financial Impact Statement

Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas

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Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Dental Hygienists Serving Underserved Areas
Public Comments and Responses
Financial Impact Statement

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

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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 Comments and Responses
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