Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Food Regulations [12 VAC 5 ‑ 421]
Amend Food Regulations to conform to Chapter 853 of the 2020 Acts of Assembly; General Medication Storage
Action 5941
General Information
Action Summary Ch. 853 (2020) amended ยง 8.01-225.17 of the Code of Virginia to authorize any employee of a licensed restaurant to possess and administer epinephrine on the premises of a restaurant at which the employee is employed, provided that such employee is authorized by a prescriber, and is trained in the administration of epinephrine. In addition, trained employees who provide, administer, or assist in the administration of epinephrine to someone who, in good faith they believe is having an anaphylactic reaction, shall not be liable for certain civil damages. Lastly, the proposed regulatory change will allow the storage of medications for use by children at a day care center on the premise of a food establishment. Currently, the Food Regulations allow only those medications necessary for the health of employees on the premises of a food establishment. The proposed amendments to the Food Regulations would allow those restaurants that elect to possess epinephrine on the premises in order to respond to an anaphylaxis remain in compliance with the regulations which govern the operation of their establishment.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6860]
Associated Mandates Possession and administration of epinephrine; restaurant employee
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
9619 Fast-Track Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kristin Marie Clay  / Senior Policy Analyst
Address: Office of Environmental Health Services
109 Governor Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
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