Washington State Board of Health Updates Notifiable Conditions Rules

Washington State Board of Health Updates Notifiable Conditions Rules

The Washington State Board of Health (Board) has adopted updates to its Notifiable Conditions rules, chapter 246-101 WAC-101 WAC. The updated rules go into effect January 31, 2022. The CR-103 (document attached) announces the revised rules, filed as WSR 21-11-040.

The concise explanatory statement (document below) summarizes differences between the proposed rules and adopted rules and the response to public comments. Among other changes, the updated Board rules:

Update and clarify notification and specimen submission requirements for 74 new and existing notifiable conditions;
Add requirements to report race, ethnicity, and preferred language for all notifiable conditions;
Revise reporting requirements for health care providers, health care facilities, laboratories, local health jurisdictions, veterinarians, and the Department of Agriculture; and Improve overall clarity and usability of the chapter.

The Board and the state Department of Health will develop implementation guidance for regulated entities. For more information on these rules contact Kaitlyn Donahoe, 360-584-6737, at the State Board of Health, or Alexandra Montaño, 360-236-4205, at the state Department of Health.

Attachment 1: CR-103 

Attachment 2: Concise Explanatory Statement 

 

Questions?

Contact:

Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
c: 425-231-4804

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May 20, 2021