Healthy Communities


The State Board of Health is empowered to make all necessary and reasonable rules 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 rules.

The Board updates its rules on a continuing basis. The Board must follow the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA") to amend, repeal or adopt a rule. 

The following questionnaire must also be utilized for filing proposed rules: Questionnaire For Filing Proposed Rules.

An essential part of the APA allows the public to comment on any rule being amended, repealed, or proposed, and the Board values your comments and questions.

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



Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §12-75-114 and under the authority of Executive Order 21-14, to meet and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Healthcare System of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health identifies the following statutes, orders, and rules related to licensure of healthcare professionals to suspend for the duration of the public health emergency:

Health Facility Services Rules to Suspend

Emergency Medical Services Rules to Suspend

State Medical Board Rules to Suspend

Arkansas State Board of Nursing Rules to Suspend

MA-C certifications for nursing students

Temporary permit for students
Allows the Board to issue temporary permits to nursing students who are in their final semester of an LPN-to-RN program. §17-87-307 and Rule Chapter 2, Section I(C)


Rules Currently Being Amended, Repealed, or Promulgated

Emergency Rules

Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules

Proposed New Rules 

Proposed Repeal of Rules

Recent Final Rules

Repealed Rules

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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