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From MDH: Proposed Modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules

Tuesday, May 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is proposing modification to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules through the Minnesota rulemaking process and published the Notice of Intent to Adopt without a Hearing on May 14, 2018, see attached. MDH will be accepting comments until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018. 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. For more information on the rule, the reason behind the changes, and how to comment, you can go to http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/reportable/rule/process/index.html

Specifically, the proposed rule amendments 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 and one of the following circumstances occurs:
    • Laboratory testing methods or capabilities are not sufficient or adequate to determine the presence of a certain pathogen;
    • Surveillance needs have changed; or
    • Evolving pathogen knowledge indicates that either the pathogen is no longer a concern or advances in diagnostic testing provide the necessary information to public health previously understood.

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