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North Carolina Commission for Public Health

The Commission for Public Health is the public health rulemaking body for North Carolina. The Commission is authorized and directed by the N.C. General Assembly to adopt rules to protect and promote the health of the public and to adopt rules necessary to implement public health programs administered by the Division of Public Health. The Commission for Public Health was first established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1877 as the State Board of Health. It was renamed the Commission for Health Services in 1973 and became the Commission for Public Health in 2007. The Division of Public Health is staff to the Commission.


Announcements

June 3, 2019

Proposed Amendment 15A NCAC 18A .2816: Lead Poisoning Hazards in Child Care Centers

The proposed rule amendment requires that child care centers periodically test for lead in water from outlets used for drinking and food preparation and mitigate if testing reveals lead concentrations above the lead hazard level.

March 05, 2019: PUBLIC NOTICE

The Commission for Public Health has scheduled a special meeting on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7:30 am, via phone at 1-888-363-4734 (access code 5723249) to review new periodic review final determinations on the 15A NCAC 18A rules pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A. You may participate in this meeting in person in the Division of Public Health Director’s Board Room (5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609 - Building 3, 1st Floor) or via phone by dialing 1-888-363-4734 (access code 5723249).

December 19, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

N.C.G.S. §150B-21.3A requires the North Carolina Commission for Public Health (CPH) to review all existing rules according to a schedule adopted by the North Carolina Rules Review Commission (RRC). The CPH is required to post the results of its initial determination regarding rules on its website and accept public comment for 60 days. This gives the public the opportunity to submit comments on the rules. A comment is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule. Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the RRC to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific substance of the rule and address any of the standards of Commission review, as set forth in G.S. 150B-21.9(a).

This announcement includes the CPH’s initial determination for the following rules:
15A NCAC 18A – SANITATION

The comment period for this subchapter was December 20, 2018 through March 04, 2019.

December 14, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

The Commission for Public Health has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 am, via phone at 1-888-363-4734 (access code 5723249) to review new periodic review initial determinations on the 15A NCAC 18A rules pursuant to G.S.150B-21.3A and to hold a closed session. You may participate in this meeting in person in the Division of Public Health Director’s Board Room (5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609 - Building 3, 1st Floor) or via phone by dialing 1-888-363-4734 (access code 5723249).

November 28, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed Temporary Environmental Health Rules
Environmental Health - Sanitation 15A NCAC 18A

The public hearing on the proposed temporary rules scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2018 has been cancelled. For more information, please see the notice above.

November 9, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE -
This public hearing has been cancelled. Please see the complete November 28, 2018 notice above.

Notice of Proposed Temporary Environmental Health Rules
Environmental Health - Sanitation 15A NCAC 18A

The Commission for Public Health has submitted form OAH 0700 to the Codifier of Rules, Office of Administrative Hearings, indicating its intent to adopt temporary rules. A public hearing on these rules is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 10:30am - 12:30pm in the Cardinal Conference Room, 5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609, Building 3, 1st Floor. The Commission for Public Health is accepting public comments on these rules from November 15, 2018 - December 10, 2018. For more information, please see the notice linked above.

October 31, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

Due to serious and unforeseen circumstances, the Commission for Public Health has formally adopted emergency rules and proposed temporary rules which are necessary to address critical public health issues effective on November 15, 2018 or such other date that the existing environmental health rules currently set forth in 15A NCAC 18A may expire automatically as a matter of law. The Commission for Public Health has scheduled a public hearing regarding these proposed temporary rules on Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, at the Cardinal Conference Room (5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609; Building 3, 1st Floor).

October 30, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

The Commission for Public Health has scheduled an emergency meeting on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 8 am to consider adoption of emergency and temporary rules pertaining to the standards and requirements set forth in the current 15A NCAC 18A environmental health rules. Consistent with NC General Statute 143-318.12(f), this meeting is scheduled on an emergency basis due to unexpected circumstances that require immediate consideration by the Commission. You may participate in this meeting in person in the Division of Public Health Director’s Board Room (5605 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609 - Building 3, 1st Floor) or via phone by dialing 1-888-363-4734 (the access code is 5723249).

October 23, 2018

Request for Acceptance and Review (15A NCAC 18A)

As part of the Periodic Rules Review Process established under N.C.G.S. 150B-21.3A, the Commission for Public Health and the NC Department of Health and Human Services have submitted to the Rules Review Commission a Request for Acceptance and Review of the agency report required under N.C.G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(1). This request pertains to the Environmental Health Rules located in subchapter 18A of Title 15A of the North Carolina Administrative Code. Members of the public may contact the Rules Review Commission to object to this request.

October 19, 2018: PUBLIC NOTICE

The Commission for Public Health has scheduled an emergency meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:30 am, via phone at 1-888-363-4734 (access code 5723249) to review the Division of Public Health’s final determination for Public Health’s existing 15A NCAC 18A rules. Consistent with NC General Statute 143.318.12(f), this meeting is scheduled on an emergency basis due to unexpected circumstances that require immediate consideration by the Commission.

June 1, 2018

Proposed Amendment 10A NCAC 41A .0101

An amendment to the NC Reportable Diseases and Conditions rule is needed to add two healthcare acquired infections as required to be reportable to the Division of Public Health and also to make a minor technical correction to the recently codified amendment.

May 1, 2018

Proposed Amendments 15A NCAC 18E

Proposed for Adoption: 15A NCAC 18E: Wastewater Treatment and Dispersal Systems; Proposed for Repeal: 15A NCAC 18A .1934-.1935, .1937-.1962, .1964-.1971

This a re-posting based on significant revisions made based on public comments received from the initial publication. The proposed rules were originally published in the North Carolina Register, Volume 32: Issue 5 and posted on this site on September 1, 2017, as announced below.

December 15, 2017

Proposed Amendment: 10A NCAC 43D .0708 (Authorized Vendors)

This amendment corrects an error in the recently adopted rule. The minimum inventory for skim milk should be six gallons (not four), as was originally noticed but not carried forward to the codified version approved by the Rules Review Commission.

September 1, 2017

Proposed Adoption: 15A NCAC 18E .0101-.1713: Wastewater Treatment and Dispersal Systems; Proposed for Repeal: 15A NCAC 18A .1934-.1935, .1937-.1962, .1964-.1971

The on-site wastewater treatment system rules (15A NCAC 18A .1900) have not been updated as a complete package since 1990. In the intervening 27 years, the industry has seen many technological advances, terminology has been standardized and practical knowledge has been enhanced. The proposed rules incorporate current rule interpretations and existing knowledge of advanced technologies, include previously excluded products, updated and simplified terminology, and reflect significant improvement in consistency and clarity.