Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA)

Crady deGolian, Director of CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts, outlines the top 5 compacts to watch in 2014, including those dealing with the siting of electricity transmission lines,  interstate reciprocity regarding online education, and several compacts related to licensing, including EMS licensing, medical licensing, and physical therapy and telepsychology licensing compacts. 

Efforts to draft an EMS Licensing Compact will continue this week in Alexandria, VA.  The drafting team, which was convened jointly by CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts and the National Association of State EMS Officials has been working over the last several months to develop a compact that would provide legal recognition for EMTs that cross state lines in the course of their daily work.  The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

At last week’s annual business meeting the membership of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) endorsed the exploration of an interstate compact.  A compact, if developed, would be designed to reduce barriers for physical therapists seeking licenses in multiple states.  The action taken by the FSBPT’s membership builds on the work of the National Association of EMS Officials and The Federation of State Medical Boards. 

The EMS Licensure Compact Drafting Team will meet for the second time next week in Baltimore, MD.  During the meeting the drafters are expected to discuss the general provisions of the compact, conditions for licensure, how reciprocal licensing will occur in member states, and what happens in the event of an adverse action.  The drafters will also consider issues such as governance, finance, dispute resolution, and commission and committee structure.

Attendees at the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) Leadership Conference spent several hours Saturday morning discussing interstate licensing compacts.  During the discussion, attendees heard from the following presenters:

The Council of State Governments’ National Center for Interstate Compacts is working with several stakeholder groups on issues ranging from electric transmission lines, distance learning, and licensing of EMS and other medical services personnel. Find out more about compacts relating to these issues, all of which are in various stages of development.