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Rules and Regulations Currently Being Amended, Repealed or Promulgated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  An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any regulation being amended, repealed or proposed and the Board values your comments and questions.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

Emergency Medical Services

The Arkansas Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services will hold a public hearing on Friday January 8th, 2016 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) modify definitions to better mirror national nomenclature, (2) Modify the required equipment needed for permitted ambulances, (3) Modify all relicensure requirement, (4) Correct the staffing requirements for EMT ambulances, and (5) allow basic level EMTs to administer opioid antagonists with direction from the medical director pursuant to Act 1222 of 2015.
The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed amendments to: Arron Paduaevans, Section Chief, Emergency Medical Services, 5800 West Tenth Street, Suite 800 Little Rock, Arkansas 72204, by email to arron.paduaevans@arkansas.gov, or in person at the Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 800, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204, no later than 10:00 a.m. on January 8th, 2016.

Downloads
Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Notice of Public Comment

Cosmetology in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham Street, Room #2512, 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 Section Chief, Cosmetology Section, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 W. Markham St., Slot #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 10, 2015.

Downloads
Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Violation Table 
Notice of Public Comment
Public comments and responses summary

Abortion Facilities in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health, Section of Health Facility Services will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 801, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on proposed revisions to the Rules and Regulations for Abortion Facilities in Arkansas promulgated pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §20-9-301 et seq. The proposed revisions will: incorporate provisions from the following Acts of 2015 regular session: 139; 535; 577; 887; 934; and 1086; and the surviving provisions of Act 171 of 2013. More specifically, the proposal adds and updates definitions from the 2015 Acts; specifies written and other requirements for informed consent; specifies written requirements for consent for minors and women under guardianship; adds policies and procedures requirements for proper storage and disposition of human and fetal tissue, patient follow-up appointments, and patient receipt of USFDA drug labels for abortion- inducing drugs; adds abdominal ultrasound requirements; adds reporting requirements for child maltreatment/abuse; specifies abortion-reporting requirements; adds adverse event reporting for certain abortion-inducing drugs; adds 48 hour pre-procedure counselling and information requirement; adds contract requirement with OB/GYN surgeon to handle emergencies and notice of same to patient with name of hospital for emergency care; adds requirement that administration of abortion-inducing drugs occurs in same room and physical presence of prescribing physician; requires determination of gestational age and intrauterine location of pregnancy; and introduces signage posting requirements. In addition, the proposed changes contain comprehensive measures for infection prevention and control. Copies of the proposed revisions are available for public inspection and copying at the Arkansas Department of Health, Health Facilities Services, Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 400, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.The public may submit written comments regarding the proposed amendments to: Connie Melton, Section Chief, Health Facilities Services, Arkansas Department of Health, Health Facility Services, 5800 W. 10th Street, Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204, or in person to the Freeway Medical Tower, Suite 400, 5800 West Tenth Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 no later than 3:00 p.m. on November 23, 2015. 

Downloads
Proposed Rules Abortion Facilities in Arkansas
Notice of Public Comment
Financial Impact Statement

Administration of Vital Records

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing on October 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM at 4815 West Markham Street, Room 2508, at Little Rock, Arkansas 72205, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed revisions of Administration of Vital Records Rules and Regulations pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §20-16-1503 and Ark. Code Ann. §20-16-814.The public may submit written comments to: Lynda Lehing, Health Statistics Branch Chief, Arkansas Department of Health, 4815 West Markham Street, Slot #19, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-3867 no later than 8:00 AM of October 27, 2015.

Downloads
Proposed Rules Administration of Vital Records
Notice of Public Comment

Proposed New Rules

Public Access to Auto-Injectable Epinephrine

The Arkansas Department of Health will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on December 8, 2015, in Room # L137 of the Department of Health building at 4815 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas, to allow interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment of the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Public Access to Auto-Injectable Epinephrine. Copies of the proposed Rules and Regulations are available at www.healthy.arkansas.gov and at the Pharmacy Services and Drug Control Branch, Room #358, 3nd Floor South, at the Department of Health. The public may submit written comments no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. 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
Notice of Public Comment
Proposed Rules and Regulations Public Access to Auto-Injectable Epinephrine
Questionnaire for Filing

Recent Final Rules

Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

 December 8, 2015 Public Hearing

Downloads
Proposed Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Notice of Public Comment
Written Finding to FIS
Public comments and responses summary
Final Rule

Orthotic, Prosthetic, and Pedorthic Providers in Arkansas

September 17, 2015 Public hearing

Downloads
Strike through draft of the proposed OPP Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Summary of Public Comment
Final Rules

Body Art Establishments

September 22, 2015 - public hearing

Downloads
Proposed Rules Body Art Establishments
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Public Comments
Public comments and responses summary
Final Rules

Hospitals and Related Institutions in Arkansas

June 2, 2015 public hearing

Downloads
Proposed Rules and Regulations for Hospitals and Related Institutions in Arkansas
Summary of proposed changes
Financial impact statement
Notice of public hearing

Advisory Board for Interpreters Between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, or Oral Deaf / Licensure of Provisional and Qualified Interpreters

September 3, 2015 public hearing

Downloads
Final Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Notice of Public Comment
Comments and Responses

List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas.

September 1, 2015 public hearing

Downloads
Final Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the List of Controlled Substances for the State of Arkansas
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Notice of Public Comment

Immunization Reporting Requirements

 September 3, 2015 public hearing

Downloads
Final Rules
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Notice of Public Comment

Nursing Home Immunization Requirements

September 3, 2015 public hearing

Downloads
Final Rule
Questionnaire and Financial Impact Statement
Summary of Proposed Changes
Notice of Public Comment
Interim Study Proposal

Proposed Repeal

None at this time

Forms

Act 1337 of 2013 - Primates

Downloads
Act 1337 of 2013 - Primates
Attorney General's Opinion

Primate Registration for the State of Arkansas

Contact Address
Rules Regulations

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