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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation And Motor Vehicles
Agency 35. Commission On The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
Chapter 70. Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device Regulations
10/21/2021

24VAC35-70-30. Approval of manufacturers.

A. The commission shall issue a request in compliance with the Commonwealth of Virginia procurement procedures to contract with remote alcohol monitoring manufacturers for the services and commodities required for the implementation and maintenance of the Commonwealth's remote alcohol monitoring program. Contracts will be for a length of time established by the commission.

B. A manufacturer seeking to contract with the commission shall:

1. Submit evidence demonstrating successful experience in the development and maintenance of a remote alcohol monitoring service program in Virginia, other states, or other countries;

2. Supply and train staff, technicians, and state directors and provide remote alcohol monitoring device orientation to ensure good customer service and compliance with all contract requirements. Personnel seeking to perform remote alcohol monitoring services or administrative duties in the Commonwealth of Virginia shall not necessarily be barred from employment due to a criminal record; however, a criminal record may be considered in conjunction with other information to determine the overall suitability of applicants for employment;

3. Provide, upon request of the commission or the court, via a properly served subpoena, expert or other required testimony in any civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings as to the method of manufacturing the device, remote alcohol monitoring functionality, and the testing protocol by which the device is calibrated and serviced. The manufacturer may assign a service provider designee to perform these duties;

4. Identify all key personnel who will be providing remote alcohol monitoring services for the Commonwealth of Virginia and furnish the commission with credentials on these personnel;

5. Notify the commission at least five business days in advance of a reduction in staffing levels of key personnel in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

6. Ensure that service provider technicians and state directors, or their designee, are trained and available to testify in court if required by a court or Commonwealth's Attorney, or upon a 10-business-day notice by the ASAP in that court's jurisdiction, regardless of whether a subpoena is issued;

7. Submit a description of the manufacturer's plan, to be approved by the commission, for distribution of the device to all locations of the Commonwealth of Virginia where remote alcohol monitoring services will be performed. Services shall be made available within a 50-mile radius of every residence in the Commonwealth of Virginia unless otherwise authorized by the commission. Manufacturers are permitted to subcontract remote alcohol monitoring services to third-party service providers that meet the requirements of this chapter for delivery of their remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alcohol Safety Action Programs may qualify as third-party service providers for a manufacturer for remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia if approved by the commission. Alcohol Safety Action Programs that are approved by the commission to contract with remote alcohol monitoring manufacturers to provide remote alcohol monitoring services shall employ a minimum of one state-certified technician for every 50 remote alcohol monitoring offenders monitored by their program and shall meet the same certification requirements as all other service providers;

8. Submit sufficient documentation to enable the verification of adequate insurance to cover liability related to remote alcohol monitoring operations, services, and equipment, including coverage in Virginia, with a minimum policy limit of $1 million per occurrence and $3 million general aggregate total. This liability insurance shall be considered primary above all other available insurance and shall so stipulate in the "other insurance" or applicable section of the insurance contract. The manufacturer shall provide a signed statement holding harmless the Commonwealth of Virginia and the commission and its members, employees, and agents from all claims, demands, and actions as a result of damage or injury to persons or property that may arise directly or indirectly out of an act or omission by the manufacturer or the manufacturer's service provider relating to the orientation, service, repair, or use of a remote alcohol monitoring device. Coverage shall extend to any action taken or not taken by ASAPs (unless the ASAP is a service provider for a remote alcohol monitoring device manufacturer) or the commission due to verified errors in reporting of remote alcohol monitoring device activity by the manufacturer or the manufacturer's service provider;

9. Submit documentation that the manufacturer will provide a state remote alcohol monitoring director who will serve as a central point of contact for the commission regarding all aspects of the manufacturer's remote alcohol monitoring operations in the Commonwealth. Among other duties, the manufacturer's state remote alcohol monitoring director will be expected to (i) respond promptly to problems in the field; (ii) upon request of the commission, provide testimony themselves or through their designee before applicable courts, the General Assembly of Virginia, or the commission; (iii) assist and provide training to the commission; and (iv) be responsible for quality control of reports and statistics, updates to all required documentation, and field services reporting and repairs. In the event of a state director vacancy, the manufacturer shall submit to the commission the name of an interim state director within 10 days of the vacancy and the name of a permanent state director within 90 days of the vacancy;

10. Not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment due to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other basis prohibited by state or federal law relating to discrimination in employment, except where there is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary for the normal operation of the manufacturer or the manufacturer's service provider. The manufacturer agrees to post at all service provider locations in conspicuous places available to employees and applicants for employment, notices setting forth the provisions of this nondiscrimination clause. Furthermore, the manufacturer shall require that its service providers, in all solicitations or advertisements for employees placed by or on behalf of the service provider, state that the contractor is an equal opportunity employer. Notices, advertisements, and solicitations placed in accordance with federal law, rule, or regulation shall be deemed sufficient for the purpose of meeting the requirements of this subdivision;

11. Not knowingly employ an unauthorized alien as defined in the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-603; 100 Stat. 3359) during the performance of the contract for goods and services;

12. Notify the commission in writing within 15 days of a disciplinary action taken by a state or other political entity against the manufacturer in areas where the manufacturer conducts or has conducted remote alcohol monitoring business. This notification shall include the reason for the disciplinary action and other information as the commission may reasonably request. This requirement applies regardless of the existence of an appeal;

13. Notify the commission in writing of all final adjudications against the manufacturer related to the remote alcohol monitoring device or delivery of remote alcohol monitoring services;

14. Provide remote alcohol monitoring generated reports and report all required alcohol-related violations to the Alcohol Safety Action Program of jurisdiction; and

15. Provide documentation annually of the manufacturer's certification to the current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) for aspects related to design, maintenance, and distribution of a remote alcohol monitoring device. Along with this certification, a copy of the manufacturer's Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) for checking the accuracy of the calibration of the remote alcohol monitoring device is required.

C. Provided that all manufacturer, facility certification, and device certification requirements are met, the commission may contract with those manufacturers and may approve multiple makes and models of remote alcohol monitoring devices for use in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 18.2-270.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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