Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control [12 VAC 5 ‑ 90]
General Update to Reportable List and Other Reporting Details
Action 4993
[Withdrawn 4/7/2022]
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control provide information about the process and procedures for reporting diseases to the Virginia Department of Health, including what diseases must be reported, who must report them and other details related to reporting and disease control. The Virginia Department of Health is proposing an amendment to the regulations to bring them into compliance with recent changes in the field of communicable disease detection and control and to allow greater flexibility with respect to reporting requirements in light of rapidly changing laboratory technologies and the emergence of new pathogens that are of public health concern. The specific changes that will be proposed include: listing reportable organisms next to disease names so the reportable disease lists are equally meaningful to practicing clinicians and laboratorians; removing specific laboratory tests that are reportable for each particular laboratory-reportable condition and replacing those provisions with a statement that the laboratory will report any laboratory evidence of the condition; and adding a mechanism for the Department to maintain a list that will be updated annually and allow the surveillance of emerging conditions and special pathogens, such as newly recognized drug-resistant infections. The health department plans to maintain a list of reportable laboratory tests and emerging conditions in guidance documents rather than in regulation, as these are subject to change and a timelier process is needed to ensure surveillance of conditions of public health concern. Additional amendments include removal of the requirement for physicians and directors of medical care facilities to submit weekly counts of cases of influenza; limitation of the reporting of select agents to only those scenarios in which such agents are released, lost, or stolen; and addition of the requirement for morbidity reporting to be done through the Department’s online morbidity reporting portal.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8195 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 07/10/2018 before the Governor's office completed its review.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kristin Collins  / Policy Analyst - Office of Epidemiology
Address: 109 Governor St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)864-7298    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.