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California State AED Laws

 Summary of Requirements

Physicians, CPR/AED training, and AED acquisition do not have specific legislation, but those obtaining an AED must notify the local EMS agency about its location. AEDs must be regularly maintained, tested, and have an emergency plan in place. Building owners must inform tenants about AED locations and any AED use must be reported to a licensed physician and the local EMS agency.
Summary of Requirements
Physician No current legislation
CPR/AED Training No current legislation
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

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.

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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
Reference Date Summary
CA AB 1467 2023 Requires AEDs at youth sports events; not everyone is allowed to use them however.
CA SB 1397 2018 Outlines AED requirements for buildings constructed on or after January 1, 2017
CA SB 502 2018 Outlines AED requirements for commuter rail systems.
CA AB 2009 2018 Requires CA schools to:
  1. Ensure there is a written emergency action plan
  2. Acquire an AED for each school within a school district before July 1, 2019
  3. Encourage that AEDs be available for emergency care
  4. Ensure that an AED is available to athletic trainers and coaches
  5. Ensure that AEDs are maintained and tested regularly
CA AB 1766 2018 Requires public swimming pools to have an AED.
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 2015 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 2007 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.