Proposed Revisions, Chapter 4605
Minnesota Communicable Disease Reporting Rule
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is considering a modification to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules through the Minnesota rulemaking process and published the Request for Comments on August 28, 2017. MDH will be accepting comments until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017.
This rulemaking process will bring the requirements that govern clinical materials up to date to respond better to whatever the current environment is. It will eliminate unnecessary submissions and focus on only the submissions that the MDH needs when we need them.
The Department is considering rule amendments that will do the following:
- Add the term “submitter” to Minn. R. 4605.13, Definition.
“Submitter” would mean a health care provider or laboratory that collects and submits clinical materials to the Minnesota Department of Health under this rule.
- Add a new part that will allow the commissioner to modify clinical submission requirements if certain circumstances exist and the public’s health is not at risk.
The department is looking at the possible following circumstances:
- Laboratory testing methods or capabilities are not sufficient or adequate to determine the presence of a certain pathogen.
- Surveillance needs change.
- Evolving pathogen knowledge indicates that either the pathogen is no longer a concern or is of lesser concern than previously understood.
MDH will publish the specific modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules at a later date as part of the “Notice of Intent to Adopt.”
- Current rules from the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.
- A short summary of the main parts of the process and time line.
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