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California State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
The involvement of a CA licensed physician as Medical Director in developing an AED program to ensure compliance with regulations and requirements for training, notification, and maintenance is required.
CPR/AED Training
For every AED unit acquired up to five units, no less than one employee per AED unit shall complete a training course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use that complies with the regulations adopted by the Emergency Medical Service Authority and the standards of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. After the first five AED units are acquired, for each additional five AED units acquired, one employee shall be trained beginning with the first AED unit acquired. Acquirers of AED units shall have trained employees who should be available to respond to an emergency that may involve the use of an AED unit during normal operating hours.
AED-Check.jpg  EMS Notification Any person or entity that supplies an AED shall notify an agent of the local EMS agency of the existence, location, and type of AED acquired.
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program
The AED must be maintained and regularly tested according to the operation and maintenance guidelines set forth by the manufacturer, the American Heart Association, and the American Red Cross, and according to any applicable rules and regulations set forth by the governmental authority under the federal Food and Drug Administration and any other applicable state and federal authority. The AED must be checked for readiness after each use and at least once every 30 days if the AED has not been used in the preceding 30 days. Records of these checks shall be maintained.

There must be a written plan that describes the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency that may involve the use of an AED. The written plan shall include, but not be limited to, immediate notification of 911 and trained office personnel at the start of AED procedures.

Building owners must ensure that tenants annually receive a brochure, approved as to content and style by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross, which describes the proper use of an AED, and also ensure that similar information is posted next to any installed AED.

No less than once a year, building owners will notify their tenants as to the location of AED units in the building.
 AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use
Any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in sudden cardiac arrest by using an AED must activate the emergency medical services system as soon as possible, and report any use of the AED to the licensed physician and to the local EMS agency.


 Good Samaritan Protection
Property Owner
Physician Trainer

CA Health and Safety Code  § 1797.196 - 2006

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.


 Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
CA Ed Code § 51225.6 2016

Outlines AED requirements for schools.

CA Ed Code § 49417 2015 

Outlines fund receiving policies for schools with the intent on acquiring and maintaining an AED. 

CA Health and Safety Code
§ 19300  

Outlines the occupancy structures that are required to have an AED on the premises.

16 CCR § 1070.8  2011  Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.

CA Health and Safety Code
§ 104113


Outlines AED requirements for health studios. 

 CA Civil Code § 1714.2 2006  Grants Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users.
CA Civil Code § 1714.21   2006  Grants Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users. 

The information posted on our website is not intended as legal advice and may contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We encourage you to contact your state representative should you require more information.