WSR 16-02-070
[Filed January 4, 2016, 10:55 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-827-0400 Medical assistant-phlebotomistCertification and training, and related sections. Considering amending rules to adopt specific training requirements for law enforcement personnel who perform blood draws for forensic purposes to qualify for the medical assistant (MA)-phlebotomist certification.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.360.030 and 18.360.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In veto comments on section 25 of 2E2SHB 1276, the governor directed the department of health (department) to work with interested parties to create a specific training route for law enforcement personnel to qualify for a MA-phlebotomist credential. The department also received a rule-making petition on the same subject. The department is considering amending rules to respond to the governor's directive and the petitioner's request.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state patrol and Washington state law and justice training commission, these organizations employ and train law enforcement personnel and the department will keep them informed throughout the rule-making process.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the MA program's listserv, attending workshops, and providing input on draft and proposed materials. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate by contacting Brett Cain, Program Manager, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4766, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
January 4, 2016
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH