Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control [12 VAC 5 ‑ 90]
Amendment to comply with changes in public health practice
Action 5208
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 (VDH), including what diseases must be reported, who must report them and other details related to reporting and disease control. VDH 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. This amendment removes, edits, and adds definitions as necessary to reflect current public health definitions and needs; removes the requirement to report weekly counts of influenza diagnoses; modifies the timelines for laboratories to submit isolates or specimens for further public health laboratory testing to improve the viability of material available for testing; replaces reporting by use of the Epi-1 form with reporting via an online web portal. The list of isolates or specimens that must be forwarded for further public health testing has been removed from 12VAC5-90-90 in this action because it is being added to 12VAC5-90-80 in a separate exempt regulatory action. The section on select agent reporting has been modified to clarify that VDH requires an annual report and an immediate report of a loss, theft, or release. Other, minor changes are listed below under Detail of Changes.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005357]
Associated Mandates Amend Disease Reporting and Control Regulations concerning reporting of Healthcare Associated Infections
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
8504 Fast-Track Stage withdrawn on 05/24/2019 before the Governor's office completed its review.
8637 Fast-Track Comment period complete, but objections were filed.
9515 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 07/07/2023.
10129 Final Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
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.