EMS Compact Drafting Team to Meet Next Week

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.

The drafting team, which has been convened jointly by CSG and the National Association of EMS Officials, is comprised of subject matter experts, legislative drafters, and compact experts from CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts. 

The decision to pursue an EMS licensing compact came about because of the increasing frequency with which EMS personnel are crossing state lines to provide services in non-declared states of emergency.   This increased level of interstate movement and cooperation has placed a renewed emphasis on how EMS personnel are licensed to ensure that they are not being accused of practicing medicine in a state in which they are not technically licensed. As a result, there is an increasing need for a universal means of assuring a legal, accountable and geographically consistent method of licensing emergency services personnel.

The compact is intended to supplement the existing Emergency Management Assistance Compact.  EMAC has been joined by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.