Epinephrine Auto-Injector Information

 

INTRODUCTION

 

State laws have been updated to allow physicians to prescribe epinephrine auto-injectors to businesses and the general public with proper training and certification. The epinephrine certification card issued by the EMS Authority allows an individual to obtain a prescription for and administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person experiencing anaphylaxis, with civil liability protection.

 

 

EPINEPHRINE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Epinephrine Certification Application: Completed and signed in ink (photocopies of applications are accepted)
  2. Proof of EPI Training from an EMSA Approved Training Program (Click here for a list of training programs.)
    OR
    Proof of Current Professional Healthcare License (photocopies are accepted)
  3. Proof of Adult, Pediatric and Infant CPR/AED Training: CPR/AED training requirements must meet requirements listed in Regulations found here
  4. Fee Payment in the Amount of $15.00: checks/money orders are the only currently-accepted forms of payment **Click here to find an EMSA-Approved Epinephrine Training Program

 

FORMS

  • Change of Address Form [PDF]
  • Epinephrine Certification Initial Application [PDF]
  • Epinephrine Certification Renewal Application [PDF]
  • Request of Alternative Address to Mail Epinephrine Certification Card [PDF]
  • Request for Replacement Card [PDF]
 

STOCKING EPINEPHRINE AUTO-INJECTORS

 

Businesses and other organizations may obtain a prescription for and stock epinephrine auto-injectors if they employ or utilize a volunteer that is an EMSA-certified lay rescuer as provided above. To receive the epinephrine auto-injector(s) the business would need to take the EMSA certification card to a physician to receive a prescription. The prescription can then be filled by a pharmacy. A business that stocks epinephrine auto-injectors is required to keep records, create and maintain an operations plan, and report to EMSA when an epinephrine auto-injector is used.

 

TRAINING PROGRAM APPROVAL

 

For those wishing to become an EMSA approved epinephrine auto-injector training program, please fill out and send the below application, with the required documentation and the $500 fee to the EMS Authority.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Do I need a certification card to carry my own epinephrine auto-injector?
No. If you have an epinpehrine auto-injector prescribed to you by an authorized health care provider, for your own use, you do not need to apply for a certification card.
 
Do I need a certification card to use an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed to my child or spouse?
No. If your child or spouse has an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed to them by an authorized health care provider you do not need a certification card to use/adminster epinephrine to them.
 
Are off-duty EMS personnel considered “lay rescuers” under the law when off-duty?
Yes. When off-duty, EMS personnel are considered lay rescuers. Paramedics, AEMTs, EMTs and First Aid trained public safety personnel are not independent medical practitioners who can use an epinephrine auto-injector while off-duty, unless further certified. The epinephrine auto-injector certification will allow EMS personnel to legally use an epinephrine auto-injector, and be protected from civil liability while off-duty.
 
How do I renew my certification?
The requirements and process for renewal of the certification are the same as that for the initial certification. You will find the application with required documentation provided above.
 
After I finish with training can I go get an epinephrine auto-injector from the pharmacy?
No, you must first get a prescription from a health care provider to present to the pharmacy.
 
What businesses should be stocking epinephrine auto-injectors?
It’s recommended that all businesses have access to epinephrine auto-injectors.
 

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Emergency Medical Services Authority
10901 Gold Center Drive, Suite 400
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: (916) 323-9875