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Health and Safety Code - HSC


  ( Division 2.5 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1260. )

CHAPTER 6. Facilities [1798.100 - 1798.183]

  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1260. )

ARTICLE 4. Poison Control Centers [1798.180 - 1798.183]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1391, Sec. 19. )


(a)  The authority shall establish minimum standards for the operation of poison control centers.

(b)  The authority shall establish geographical service areas and criteria for designation of regional poison control centers. The authority may designate poison control centers which have met the standards established pursuant to subdivision (a), in accordance with the criteria adopted pursuant to this subdivision.

(c)  No person or persons, business, agency, organization, or other entity, whether public or private, shall hold itself out as providing a poison advice service or use the term poison control center, poison advice center, or any other term which implies that it is qualified to provide advice on the treatment or handling of poisons in its advertising, name, or in printed materials and information it furnishes to the general public unless that entity meets one of the following conditions:

(1)  Has been designated as a poison control center by the authority.

(2)  Is a company or organization which provides a poison information service for products or chemicals which it manufactures or distributes.

(d)  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a qualified health care professional, within his or her level of professional expertise, from providing advice regarding poisoning or poisons to his or her patient or patients upon request or whenever he or she deems it warranted in the exercise of his or her professional judgment, as otherwise permitted by law.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 972, Sec. 2.)


The authority shall consolidate the number of poison control centers if it is determined by the authority that the consolidation will result in cost savings.

(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1366, Sec. 1. Effective October 27, 1992.)


The authority may authorize a poison control center, instead of providing poison control services directly, to contract with an entity in another state to provide poison control services during any part of the 24-hour period for which the center is required to provide poison control services, if both of the following conditions are met:

(a)  The center is unable to provide poison control services 24 hours a day.

(b)  The entity in the other state provides substantially the same poison control services as required under Section 1798.180, and regulations adopted pursuant thereto. An entity in another state shall not be deemed not to provide substantially the same poison control services solely because the staff of the entity is licensed in the other state, and not licensed in the State of California.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 236, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1994.)


The authority may authorize a poison control center to provide poison control services for fewer than 24 hours a day, as the authority deems necessary.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 236, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1994.)

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