AED Legal Analysis for California
Owning an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit in California can be a challenging task. Previous laws mandate owners must have a California-licensed physician oversee their AED program and approve the policies and procedures governing the AED's use. Moreover, they must provide CPR/AED training, register the AED unit with the local EMS agency, and keep and maintain 30-day AED unit Readiness checks.
Laws enacted September 2015 removed physician oversight and training requirements, however the laws from the previous legislature were not removed, and still remain in place. Until these conflicting regulations are determined one way or the other, it is recommended to err on the side of caution when designing and implementing AED programs. Good Samaritan protection may depend on compliance with some or all of these laws.
California also has AED unit requirements for select facilities. For instance, in 2007, with AB 1507, California imposed a mandate requiring AED units in health clubs (gyms/fitness clubs).
SB287 mandates an AED in any new construction building where occupancy will be 200 people or more. Law takes effect 1/1/2017.
SB 658 removes physician requirement for placement of AED.
We make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of our research regarding automated external defibrillator (AED) unit laws in each state across the country, however, with laws varying from state-to-state and even on a local basis, as you might imagine, staying abreast of constant changes is a very challenging process. As such, it's important to note that our findings should be used for informational purposes only and that any specific AED laws or AED requirements for your AED program should be developed between you and your legal counsel. If you have any suggestions, information, or tips on new or pending AED unit legislation that you feel might help improve our AED requirement pages, please contact us to let us know! By spreading knowledge about how to build and manage legally compliant AED programs, we hope to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.