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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 31. Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations
8/8/2022

12VAC5-31-1605. Initial accreditation.

A. The initial accreditation process will begin upon the receipt by the Board of Health of an application for accreditation and a completed institutional self study.

B. EMT-Paramedic programs can obtain initial accreditation in one of two ways:

1. State accreditation by applying to the Board of Health for an initial grant of accreditation not to exceed five years.

2. Programs achieving accreditation issued by CoAEMSP or an equivalent organization approved by the Board of Health shall apply to the Office of EMS for state accreditation. Full accreditation will be issued for a period concurrent with that issued by the CoAEMSP or other approved organization up to a maximum of five years.

C. Advanced EMT and Intermediate programs can obtain accreditation by applying to the Board of Health for an initial grant of accreditation not to exceed five years.

D. EMT-Enhanced programs (optional track) can obtain accreditation by applying to the Board of Health for an initial grant of accreditation not to exceed five years.

E. EMT programs (optional track) can obtain accreditation by applying to the Board of Health for an initial grant of accreditation not to exceed five years.

F. The commissioner shall grant initial accreditation as follows:

1. The commissioner will issue full accreditation for a period of five years from the accreditation date if the accreditation analysis determines that the training program is in full compliance with the requirements for accreditation outlined in the appropriate section of EMS regulations.

2. The commissioner will issue provisional accreditation if the accreditation analysis and report identifies deficiencies that are determined to be of concern but do not justify prohibiting the program from starting and completing an initial training program. Before starting any additional certification courses, the program site must receive full accreditation by correcting the deficiencies identified in the accreditation analysis and report.

3. The commissioner will issue an accreditation denied status to the applicant if the accreditation analysis and report identifies deficiencies that are determined to be sufficient to prohibit the program from starting an initial training program.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-111.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

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