EMS Licensing Compact to be Highlighted next week
The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact, developed jointly by CSG’s Compact Center and the National Association of State EMS Officials, will be highlighted at a meeting next week in Chicago. In attendance will be state EMS Directors and staff from state AG offices. The meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday June 10, will serve as the first opportunity for public comment about the new compact. During the meeting attendees will learn about interstate compacts broadly, the EMS licensing compact, and hear about next steps.
The agreement is intended to facilitate the movement of EMS personnel across state boundaries in the performance of their EMS duties. The compact also recognizes that the states have a vested interest in protecting public health and safety during the licensing process. With that in mind the drafters have granted the member states the following powers to carry out the purposes and objectives identified above:
· Invest all member states with the authority to hold EMS personnel accountable through the mutual recognition of member state licenses;
· Facilitate the exchange of information between member states regarding EMS licensure, adverse actions, significant investigatory information;
· Promote compliance with the laws governing EMS personnel practice in each member state;
· Increase public access to EMS personnel;
· Encourage cooperation of member states in the areas of EMS personnel licensure and regulation; and
· Support licensing of military members who are separating from an active duty tour, veterans, and their spouses.
The drafters believe a compact that addresses each of these areas will increase access to EMS services, while simultaneously protecting public safety.
In addition to core content areas, the drafters also included sections focusing on judicial review, governance, finance, dispute resolution and various other components in the model agreement. While much of this language is standard in modern administrative compacts, it has been structured to meet the specific objectives of the EMS Licensure Compact.