Rules Development

Public Notification

The Department of Health's Office of Community Health Systems officially filed a CR-101 with the Office of the Code Reviser on November 27, 2017, to open WAC 246-976-010 through -310,-330 through-400, -890,-920,-960, and-970 Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care. The WSR number is 17-24-013 (PDF).

Meeting announcement

The kickoff meeting for stakeholder participation in drafting amendments to rules was held on December 20, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Department of Health, Town Center 2, Room 158, 111 Israel Rd. S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.

In response to the filing, the department has scheduled on-going stakeholder meetings and invites EMS & Trauma committee members and members of the public to discuss amendments.

Web conferencing and other meeting information is in the meeting announcement alerts sent through GovDelivery. You may sign up to receive alerts by selecting the link below:

Stakeholder Meeting Schedule

All scheduled stakeholder meetings are open public meetings. The schedule provided is intended as a guide for streamlining work and maintaining meeting order. Meeting focus and frequency Is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

We completed our initial review of open chapters of WAC with stakeholders and are working to finalize a draft of proposed amendments. If additional meetings with stakeholders are needed, we will notify interested parties through GovDelivery.”

Date/Time Location Meeting Focus
August 9, 2022 at 10 a.m. Meeting postponed to August 22, 2022  Online Microsoft Teams Meeting postponed to August 22, 2022.
August 22, 2022 at 9 a.m. Online Microsoft Teams 246-976-010. Other sections in 246-976 may be revisited including the new section on provisional certification.

Public comment

If you choose, please submit any comment(s) that you have prior to a scheduled meeting, using the department-provided comment form (Word). You may also submit a comment form if you're unable to attend a meeting, but have a concern that you'd like discussed in the meeting. Your cooperation will help ensure that all comments are taken into consideration when final draft rules are adopted.

CR-101 rule inquiry stage – drafting of proposed rules

The Department of Health is currently in the CR-101 phase of rulemaking for EMS rules in chapter 246-976 WAC. This first phase of rulemaking is the inquiry phase. This phase allows interested parties to participate in the rule development process from the beginning.

CR-102 rule proposal phase – preparing the proposed rules

After a number of workshops, the Department of Health will carefully review and consider all advisory opinions gathered during the rule drafting and comment phases. From this, the department will create proposed rules that will be filed in a CR-102 rules package with the Office of the Code Reviser. This filing will be distributed on our website.

CR-103 – adoption phase of rules

Depending on the outcome of a public hearing that will be scheduled during the CR-102 phase, the department will file a final revised rule with the Office of the Code Reviser as part of the rule adoption phase (CR-103). When the rule becomes effective 31 days from its filing date, the department will notify all stakeholders and interested parties of the official effective date of the revised rules.

Rules adopted

See the Washington State Department of Health rules website for more information on adopted rules within Title 246 WAC.

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