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.
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Rules and Regulations Currently Being Amended, Repealed or Promulgated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 An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any regulation being amended, repealed or proposed and the Board values your comments and questions.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 May 24, 2016, 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, May 24, 2016. Comments may be sent by email to email@example.com 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..
Recent Final Rules
January 15, 2016 Public Hearing
June 4, 2015 Public Hearing
Administration of Vital Records
October 27, 2015 Public Hearing
Cosmetology in Arkansas
December 10, 2015 Public Hearing
Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
December 8, 2015 Public Hearing
Orthotic, Prosthetic, and Pedorthic Providers in Arkansas
September 17, 2015 Public hearing
Body Art Establishments
September 22, 2015 - public hearing
Hospitals and Related Institutions in Arkansas
June 2, 2015 public hearing
None at this time
Act 1337 of 2013 - Primates
4815 West Markham, Slot #31
Little Rock, AR 72205-3867