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12VAC5-31-50

12VAC5-31-50. Variances.

A. The Office of EMS is authorized to grant variances for any part or all of these regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth herein. A variance permits temporary specified exceptions to these regulations. An applicant, licensee, or permit or certificate holder may file a written request for a variance with the Office of EMS on specified forms. If the applicant, licensee, or permit or certificate holder is an EMS agency, the following additional requirements apply:

1. The written variance request must shall be submitted for review and recommendations to the governing body or chief administrative officer of the locality jurisdiction in which the principal office of the EMS agency is located prior to submission to the Office of EMS.

2. An EMS agency operating in multiple localities jurisdictions will be required to notify all other localities jurisdictions in writing of conditions of approved variance requests.

3. Issuance of a variance does not obligate other localities jurisdictions to allow the conditions of such variance if they conflict with local ordinances or regulations.

4. Both the written request and the recommendation of the governing body or chief administrative officer shall be submitted together to the Office of EMS.

B. Both the written request and the recommendation of the governing body must be submitted together to the Office of EMS. If the applicant for a variance is an affiliated provider who is certified or a candidate for certification, the following requirements shall apply:

1. The written variance request shall be submitted for review and recommendations to the operational medical director and the head of the agency with which the provider is affiliated.

2. Both the written request and the recommendation of the operational medical director and the agency head shall be submitted to the Office of EMS.

C. Those providers who are not affiliated with an EMS agency shall submit their variance request to the commissioner for consideration. The commissioner may request additional case-specific endorsements or supporting documentation as part of the application.

12VAC5-31-60

12VAC5-31-60. Issuance of a variance.

A request for a variance may be approved and issued by the Office of EMS provided all of the following conditions are met:

1. The information contained in the request is complete and correct;

2. The agency, service, vehicle or person concerned is licensed, permitted or certified by the Office of EMS;

3. The Office of EMS determines the need for such a variance is genuine, and extenuating circumstances exist;

4. The Office of EMS determines that issuance of such a variance would be in the public interest and would not present any risk to, or threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare;

5. If the request is made by an EMS agency, the Office of EMS will consider the recommendation of the governing body or chief administrative officer provided all of the above conditions are met; and

6. If the request is made by an affiliated provider who is certified or a candidate for certification, the Office of EMS will consider the recommendation of the operational medical director and the agency head for which the provider is affiliated; and

6. 7. The person making the request will be notified in writing of the approval and issuance within 30 days of receipt of the request unless the request is awaiting approval or disapproval of a license or certificate. In such case, notice will be given within 30 days of the issuance of the license or certificate.

12VAC5-31-110

12VAC5-31-110. Exemptions.

A. The board is authorized to grant exemptions from any part or all of these regulations in accordance with the procedures set forth herein. An exemption permits specified or total exceptions to these regulations for an indefinite period.

B. Request. A person may file a written request for an exemption with the Office of EMS on specified forms. If the request is made by an EMS agency, the following additional requirements apply:

1. The written request for exemption must be submitted for review and recommendation to the governing body of the locality jurisdiction or chief administrative officer in which the principal office of the EMS agency is located before submission to the Office of EMS.

2. The written request must be submitted to the Office of EMS a minimum of 30 days before the scheduled review by the governing body or chief administrative officer. At the time of submission, the agency or service must provide the Office of EMS with the date, time and location of the scheduled review by the governing body or chief administrative officer.

3. Issuance of an exemption does not obligate other jurisdictions to allow the conditions of such exemption if they conflict with local ordinances or regulations.

4. Both the written request and the recommendation of the governing body or chief administrative officer shall be submitted together to the Office of EMS.

C. If the applicant for an exemption is an affiliated provider who is certified or a candidate for certification, the following requirements shall apply:

1. The written exemption request shall be submitted for review and recommendations to the operational medical director and the head of the agency with which the provider is affiliated.

2. Both the written request and the recommendation of the operational medical director and the agency head shall be submitted to the Office of EMS.

D. Those providers who are not affiliated with an EMS agency shall submit their exemption request to the commissioner for consideration. The commissioner may request additional case-specific endorsements or supporting documentation as part of the application.

12VAC5-31-140

12VAC5-31-140. Issuance of an exemption.

A. A request for an exemption may be approved and an exemption issued provided all of the following conditions are met:

1. The information contained in the request is complete and correct.

2. The need for such an exemption is determined to be genuine.

3. The issuance of an exemption would not present any risk to, threaten or endanger the public health, safety or welfare of citizens.

B. If the request is made by an EMS agency, the board may accept the recommendation of the governing body or chief administrative officer provided all of the conditions in subsection A of this section are met.

C. If the request is made by an affiliated provider who is certified or a candidate for certification, the board will consider the recommendation of the operational medical director and the agency head with which the provider is affiliated.

C. D. The person making the request will be notified in writing of the approval or denial of a request.