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

12VAC5-31-1607. Renewal of accreditation.

A. Paramedic program applicants shall only be renewed by obtaining a valid accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), CoAEMSP or an equivalent organization approved by the Board of Health.

B. Advanced EMT and Intermediate, or EMT-Enhanced or EMT as optional tracks programs shall apply for renewal of their program accreditation not less than 270 days before the end of their current accreditation cycle. Reaccreditation will require submitting a new application for accreditation and an updated institutional self study. The institutional self study will be reviewed by a site review team which will determine the program's performance and provide the commissioner with a recommendation as to whether program accreditation should be renewed.

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

2. The commissioner will issue provisional reaccreditation 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 shall receive full accreditation by correcting the deficiencies identified at the reaccreditation date.

3. The commissioner shall issue an accreditation denied status to the applicant if the accreditation analysis 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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