Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Know your regulations before placing an AED.

It is important that when implementing an AED program to have a good understanding of the requirements and regulations in your area as they pertain to AED's. Laws and Regulations for AED's are usually ambiguous and difficult to understand in most cases. AED regulations can vary by state, county and even city. The other difficult part is that there usually isn't a regulatory or overseeing agency to enforce or to go to for questions about AED programs and how to implement them correctly. Here are some things to know:

1.) *AED's require a prescription for purchase regardless of the state. This is a federal requirement

*The exception to this is the Philips Heartstart Onsite AED which has received an exemption from the FDA.

2.) Almost all if not all states require CPR/AED training in order for rescuers to be provided with conditional immunity.

3.) Most states require Physician Oversight for AED programs.

4.) Most states require EMS notification of some sort.

5.) Most states require regular maintenance/inspections for AED's

Knowing the few key regulations can be a real help in trying to determine your specific states requirements. Keep in mind state laws can vary but most are similar in requirements although wording can be different. has complied summaries of AED laws by state, although the laws and regulations are changing constantly. Click here to search AED Laws by State

For more information about AED's and AED programs visit