Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 7A. Functions of the Department of Health.


Subchapter I. General Powers, Fees, and Funds.

§ 7–731. Exclusive agency powers.

(a) Notwithstanding the licensing powers and responsibilities given to other District of Columbia agencies and officials in subchapters I-A and I-B of Chapter 28 of Title 47 of the District of Columbia Code, the Department of Health, as established by Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1996, effective July 17, 1996 (part A of subchapter XIV of Chapter 15 of Title 1), shall be the exclusive agency to:

(1) Regulate allied health care professionals and social service professionals;

(2) Regulate occupational and professional conduct and standards for health care and social service professionals, including investigating, licensing, and enforcing applicable laws and regulations;

(3) Regulate actions that affect the physical environment and ensure compliance with applicable federal and District laws and rules that govern the uses and practices that affect the physical environment, including air resources management, water resources management, stormwater management, soil resources management, hazardous waste, pesticides, lead poison program implementation, asbestos program management, underground storage tank regulation, aquatic and wildlife resources management, medical waste management, low-level radioactive waste control, and toxic chemical control;

(4) Regulate health care facilities and social service facilities;

(5) Regulate food service establishments, including, but not limited to, retailers and wholesalers of food and food products, grocery stores, restaurants, food vendors, dairies, patent medicine outlets, ice cream manufacturers, candy manufacturers, bottling establishments, wholesale and retail seafood dealers, delicatessens, and bakeries;

(5A) Regulate food labeling, pursuant to § 48-303;

(6) Regulate pharmacies and pharmacy personnel;

(7) Determine which drugs and other substances shall be classified as controlled substances, and identify persons and facilities that handle, manage, distribute, dispense, and conduct research with controlled substances;

(8) Regulate radiological and medical devices;

(9) Regulate the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of controlled substances;

(10) Regulate the operation of barber shops, beauty salons, and body art establishments;

(11) Regulate swimming pools;

(12) Regulate massage and health spa establishments;

(13) Regulate animal disease control and rodent control; and

(14) Perform any other functions expressly described in Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1996, as construed in light of all documents formally made a part of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1996 pursuant to § 1-315.05.

(a-1)(1) The Department of Health shall conduct a minimum of 3 inspections per year of the environmental conditions at the Central Detention Facility. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “environmental conditions” shall include temperature control, ventilation, and sanitation.

(2) The Department of Health shall submit the report of each inspection conducted pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection to the Council and the Mayor within 30 days of the inspection.

(b) For the purpose of this section, the term “regulate” shall include all licensing, certification, investigation, inspection, permitting, registration, and enforcement functions, including the issuance of civil infractions, except that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs shall continue to issue licenses for businesses engaged in functions as set forth in subsection (a)(3), (a)(5), (a)(10), (a)(11), and (a)(12) of this section.

(c) The Mayor shall establish fees to implement this section. All fines and fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited as nonlapsing funds in the Department of Health Regulatory Enforcement Fund to the credit of the administration within the Department of Health responsible for collecting the fees to support the activities of those programs, except that fines and fees collected pursuant to Chapter 21 of Title 8 shall be deposited in the Rodent Control Fund. After September 30, 2002, fines and fees generated through rodent control activities shall be deposited in the Department of Health Regulatory Enforcement Fund.

(d) Notwithstanding any provision in this section or any other District law, the Mayor may regulate the manufacture, cultivation, distribution, dispensing, possession, and administration of medical marijuana as authorized in Chapter 16B of this title.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4902, 48 DCR 6981; Jan. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-62, § 2, 50 DCR 6574; July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-210, § 3(b), 57 DCR 4798; Oct. 23, 2012, D.C. Law 19-193, § 2, 59 DCR 10388; Feb. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-212, § 202, 65 DCR 12927.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-733 and § 7-733.01.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-62 added subsec. (a-1).

D.C. Law 18-210 added subsec. (d).

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-193 substituted “beauty salons, and body art establishments” for “and beauty salons” in (a)(10).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4402 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Central Detention Facility Monitoring Emergency Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-76, April 16, 2003, 50 DCR 3637).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Central Detention Facility Monitoring Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-132, July 29, 2003, 50 DCR 6847).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Jail Improvement Emergency Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-188, October 24, 2003, 50 DCR 9495).

For temporary (90 day) addition of sections, see §§ 5013, 5015 of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) addition of sections, see §§ 5013, 5015 of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).

For temporary (90 days) addition of D.C. Law 14-28, §§ 4941 to 4947 concerning Health Occupation Advisory Committees, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Central Detention Facility Monitoring Temporary Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-30, October 4, 2003, law notification 50 DCR 9483).

Editor's Notes

For Not-for-Profit Hospital Corporation reporting requirements to Council, see § 5016 of D.C. Law 19-168.

For Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services reporting requirements to Council, see § 5015 of D.C. Law 19-168.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority Pursuant to the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001, see Mayor’s Order 2005-81, May 25, 2005 ( 52 DCR 5510).

Delegation of Authority Pursuant to the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001 to Regulate Barber Shops, Beauty Salons, and Massage and Spa Establishments, see Mayor’s Order 2006-10, January 27, 2006 ( 53 DCR 2711a).

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Law 14-28, the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001, see Mayor’s Order 2007-63, March 8, 2007 ( 54 DCR 7789).


§ 7–732. Regulatory Enforcement Fund. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4903, 48 DCR 6981; Oct. 28, 2003, D.C. Law 15-38, § 3(g), 50 DCR 6913; Nov. 13, 2003, D.C. Law 15-39, § 1602, 50 DCR 5668; Mar. 13, 2004, D.C. Law 15-105, § 45, 51 DCR 881; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 9079, 58 DCR 6226.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-733.01 and § 7-743.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 3 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4403 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1602 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3(g) of Streamlining Regulation Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-145, August 11, 2003, 50 DCR 6896).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1602 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-149, September 22, 2003, 50 DCR 8360).

Short Title

Short title of title XVI of Law 15-39: Section 1601 of D.C. Law 15-39 provided that title XVI of the act may be cited as the Department of Health Functions Clarification Amendment Act of 2003.


§ 7–733. Health Occupations Regulation Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing, revolving fund in the Department of Health the Health Occupations Regulation Fund (“Fund”), to be administered by the Mayor as an agency fund as defined in § 47-373(2)(I), to which all licensing fees, civil fines, and interest relating to the practice of health occupations in the District of Columbia shall be deposited and credited; except, that the Master License Fee collected by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for the activities described in § 7-731 shall be deposited into the Master Business License Fund established by § 47-2851.13, to the credit of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

(b) Revenues deposited into the Fund shall not revert to the General Fund at the end of any fiscal year or at any other time, but shall be continually available to the Department of Health for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (c) of this section, subject to authorization by Congress in an appropriations act.

(c) Subject to the applicable laws relating to the appropriation of District of Columbia funds, monies received by and deposited in the Health Occupations Regulation Fund shall be for the sole use of the boards established pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 3, and from it shall be paid all salaries and all other expenses necessary in carrying out the duties of the boards. The Mayor shall be responsible for the deposit and expenditure of these monies.

(d) The Mayor shall submit to the Council, as a part of the annual budget, a requested appropriation for expenditures from the Health Occupations Regulation Fund. The Mayor’s budget request shall be based on an estimated projection of the expenditures necessary to perform the administrative and regulatory functions of the boards established pursuant to Chapter 12 of Title 3.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4904, 48 DCR 6981.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4404 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).


§ 7–733.01. Deposit of fees.

(a) Beginning with fiscal year 2007, the Mayor shall ensure that all fees and fines received from enforcement and regulation of the activities described in § 7-731 shall be deposited in the Regulatory Enforcement Fund as required by § 7-731(c).

(b) Beginning with fiscal year 2007, the Mayor shall ensure that all licensing fees, civil fines, and interest relating to the practice of health occupations in the District shall be deposited in the Health Occupations Regulations Fund as required by § 7-732 [repealed].


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4904a; as added Oct. 20, 2005, D.C. Law 16-33, § 5052, 52 DCR 7503.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 5052 of Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-168, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7667).

Short Title

Short title of subtitle F of title V of Law 16-33: Section 5051 of D.C. Law 16-33 provided that subtitle F of title V of the act may be cited as the Department of Health Functions Clarification Amendment Act of 2005.


§ 7–733.02. Board of Pharmacy Fund.

(a)(1) There is established, as a nonlapsing fund in the Department of Health, the Board of Pharmacy Fund (“Fund”), to be administered by the Mayor as an agency fund, as defined in § 47-373(2)(I), into which all licensing fees, civil fines, and interest earned relating to the practice of pharmaceutical detailing, and any other funds, as directed by law, shall be deposited and used for the administration of the Board of Pharmacy.

(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term “practice of pharmaceutical detailing” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 3-1201.02(11A).

(b) All funds deposited into the Fund shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available to the Department of Health for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (a) of this section, subject to authorization by Congress.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4904b; as added Mar. 26, 2008, D.C. Law 17-131, § 103, 55 DCR 1659.)

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority pursuant to D.C. Law 17-131, the SafeRX Amendment Act of 2008, see Mayor’s Order 2008-83, June 11, 2008 ( 55 DCR 9360).


§ 7–734. Public Health Laboratory fees.

The Mayor is authorized to establish a schedule of fees for forms and for performing laboratory analysis of biological and environmental samples obtained from humans, animals, or various environmental media for the purpose of identifying environmental contaminants and performing epidemiological surveillance, including for cases of lead poisoning, tuberculosis, rabies, and sexually transmitted diseases. The schedule of fees may account for the provision of bulk services and may distinguish between services provided to individuals and organizations. The schedule of fees may be developed on a sliding scale based on a person’s or organization’s ability to pay for laboratory analysis, or may be waived in cases of extreme need.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4905, 48 DCR 6981; Mar. 27, 2003, D.C. Law 14-257, § 2, 50 DCR 244.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-257 rewrote the first sentence which had read: “The Mayor is authorized to establish a schedule of fees for performing laboratory analysis of biological and environmental samples obtained from humans, animals, or various environmental media for the purpose of identifying environmental contaminants and performing epidemiological surveillance for cases of lead poisoning, tuberculosis, rabies, and sexually transmitted diseases.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 5 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4405 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Public Health Laboratory Fee Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-390, June 21, 2002, 49 DCR 6083).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Public Health Laboratory Fee Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-479, October 3, 2002, 49 DCR 9579).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Public Health Laboratory Fee Temporary Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Law 14-208, October 19, 2002, law notification 49 DCR 10464).


§ 7–735. Public Health Laboratory Fund. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4906, 48 DCR 6981; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 9078(a), 58 DCR 6226.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 6 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4406 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).


§ 7–736. Disbursements from the Laboratory Fund. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4907, 48 DCR 6981; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 9078(b), 58 DCR 6226.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 7 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4407 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).


§ 7–736.01. Grant authority.

(a) For fiscal year 2010, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to qualified community organizations for the purposes of conducting health promotion, preventing disease, and providing health services; provided, that any grant in excess of $250,000 shall be awarded through a competitive process unless otherwise authorized under law.

(b) The Department of Health shall submit a quarterly report to the Council on all grants issued pursuant to the authority granted in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) For fiscal year 2014, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to:

(1) Qualified community organizations for the purpose of providing the following services:

(A) Ambulatory health services for an amount not to exceed $3,236,980;

(B) Poison control hotline and prevention education services for an amount not to exceed $350,000;

(C) Operations and primary care services for school-based health clinics for an amount not to exceed $2,250,000; and

(D) Clinical nutritional home delivery services for individuals living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases; and

(2) Organizations for the purpose of providing the following programs and services:

(A) A teen pregnancy prevention program for an amount not to exceed $400,000;

(B) Programs designed to promote healthy development in girls attending public and chartered schools in grades 9 through 12 located in areas of the city possessing the highest rates of teen pregnancy and highest enrollment in state-funded health programs in the District of Columbia, not to exceed $400,000;

(C) Farmers market incentive programs, not to exceed $200,000;

(D) Food-pantry services, not to exceed $52,000;

(E) Wildlife rehabilitation services, not to exceed $250,000;

(F) Mother-to-child (vertical) HIV transmission programs and services, not to exceed $50,000; and

(G) Nonprofit organizations dedicated to preventing any of the following chronic diseases, not to exceed $850,000:

(i) Asthma;

(ii) Cancer;

(iii) Diabetes;

(iv) Hypertension;

(v) Kidney disease; and

(vi) Obesity.

(d)(1) All grants issued pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be administered pursuant to the requirements set forth in part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1 [§ 1-328.11 et seq.].

(2) The Department of Health shall submit a quarterly report to the Secretary to the Council on all grants issued pursuant to the authority granted in subsection (c) of this section and any grant in excess of $250,000 shall be awarded through a competitive process unless otherwise authorized by law.

(e)(1) Through Fiscal Year 2015, the Director of the Department of Health may issue grants totaling $ 1,550,000 to District of Columbia HIV prevention programs for a combination of HIV prevention interventions. These interventions shall include HIV screening in clinical and non-clinical settings and effective behavioral programs.

(2) Through Fiscal Year 2015, the Director of the Department of Health may issue HIV prevention grants for a combination of HIV prevention interventions that include:

(A) HIV screening;

(B) Harm reduction;

(C) Social network HIV screening;

(D) Partner services;

(E) Faith-based initiatives;

(F) Youth peer education; and

(G) Other health-education services for adolescents and older adults.

(3) For the purposes of this subsection, the term “faith-based initiative” means a program to encourage and support places of worship in delivering HIV prevention messages that promote safe-sex practices, educate people about HIV, and promote HIV screening.

(4) In Fiscal Year 2015, the Director of the Department of Health shall issue a competitive grant totaling $480,000 to a qualified community-based nonprofit corporation or organization for the creation of a comprehensive concussion care protocol for children.

(f) For Fiscal Year 2015, the Director of the Department of Health may issue grants to qualified community organizations to provide:

(1) Clinical nutritional home delivery services for individuals living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases;

(2) Ambulatory health services;

(3) Poison control hotline and prevention education services;

(4) Operations and primary care services for school-based health clinics; and

(5) A teen pregnancy prevention program.

(g)(1) All grants issued pursuant to subsections (e) and (f) of this section shall be administered pursuant to the requirements set forth in part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1 [§ 1-328.11 et seq.].

(2) The Department of Health shall submit a quarterly report to the Secretary to the Council on all grants issued pursuant to the authority granted in subsections (e) and (f) of this section.

(h)(1) For Fiscal Year 2016, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to qualified community organizations for the purpose of providing the following services:

(A) Programs designed to promote healthy development in girls attending public and chartered schools in grades 8-12 located in areas of the city possessing the highest rates of teen pregnancy and highest enrollment in state-funded health programs in the District, not to exceed $569,000;

(B) Clinical nutritional home delivery services for individuals living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, not to exceed $150,000; and

(C) Programs designed to support teen peer educators who work to provide sexual health information and condoms to youth, not to exceed $157,000.

(2) All grants issued pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be administered pursuant to the requirements set forth in part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1 [§ 1-328.11 et seq.].

(3) The Department of Health shall submit a quarterly report to the Secretary to the Council on all grants issued pursuant to the authority granted in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(i) For Fiscal Year 2017, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to qualified community organizations for the purpose of providing the following services:

(1) Programs designed to improve food access:

(A) Through mobile, vehicle-based farm stands that operate at regularly scheduled stops, provide recipes and cooking demonstrations, and distribute locally produced food to communities in underserved communities, not to exceed $50,000; and

(B) By delivering fresh produce to small retailers and corner store owners that operate in underserved communities, not to exceed $250,000;

(2) A Farmers Market Subsidy program aimed at establishing healthy dietary habits, providing incentives for farmers to locate in low-income communities, and reducing chronic illness in District residents by providing monetary assistance for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables to those receiving federal assistance, not to exceed $1,200,000;

(3) Programs designed to support teen peer educators who work to provide sexual health information and condoms to youth, not to exceed $150,000; and

(4) Programs designed to promote healthy development in girls attending public and chartered schools in grades 8-12 located in areas of the city possessing the highest rates of teen pregnancy and highest enrollment in state-funded health programs in the District, not to exceed $500,000.

(j) For Fiscal Year 2017, the Director of the Department of Health shall issue grants totaling $100,000 to nonprofit pediatric dental clinics to provide oral health literacy and awareness programming.

(k)(1) All grants issued pursuant to subsections (i) and (j) of this section shall be administered pursuant to the requirements set forth in part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1.

(2) The Department of Health shall submit a quarterly report to the Secretary to the Council on all grants issued pursuant to the authority granted in subsections (i) and (j) of this section.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4907a; as added Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 5011, 57 DCR 181; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 5062, 60 DCR 12472; June 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-117, § 6, 61 DCR 2032; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 5012(a), 61 DCR 9990; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 5042, 62 DCR 10905; Oct. 8, 2016, D.C. Law 21-160, § 5122, 63 DCR 10775.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 added (c) and (d).

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-117 rewrote (c)(1) and (d)(2).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 added (e), (f), and (g).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 added (h).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 5011 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 5011 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-601, November 17, 2010, 57 DCR 11037).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-258, December 21, 2011, 58 DCR 11226).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of the Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-391, July 13, 2012, 59 DCR 8501).

For temporary addition of (c), see § 2 of (D.C. Act 19-503, October 26, 2012, 59 DCR 12759), applicable October 11, 2012.

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of the Dept. of Health Grant Making Authority Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-53, April 17, 2013, 60 DCR 6386, 20 DCSTAT 1401).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5062 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5062 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see §§ 2 and 3 of the Department of Health Grant-Making Authority for Clinical Nutritional Home Services Emergency Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-217, November 20, 2013, 60 DCR 16524, 20 STAT 2607).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5012(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5012(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 5012(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5042 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 18-304 amended subsec. (a) to read as follows: “(a) For fiscal years 2011 through 2014, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to Unity Health Care, Incorporated, for the purposes of conducting health promotion, preventing disease, and providing health-care services.”; and repealed subsec. (b).

Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 18-304 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Section 2 of D.C. Law 19-197 added subsection (c) to read as follows:

“(c)(1) For fiscal year 2012, the Director of the Department of Health shall have the authority to issue grants to existing District of Columbia HIV prevention programs in the amount of $331,000 for a combination of HIV prevention interventions that include HIV screening in clinical and non-clinical settings, as well as effective behavioral approaches critical in the fight against HIV/AIDS and, through fiscal year 2014, HIV prevention grants in the amount of $1.2 million for a combination of HIV prevention interventions that include:

“(A) HIV screening;

“(B) Harm reduction;

“(C) Social network HIV screening;

“(D) Partner services;

“(E) Faith-based initiatives;

“(F) Youth peer education; and

“(G) Other health-education services for adolescents and older adults.

“(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term:

“(A) ‘AIDS’ means acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

“(B) ‘Faith-based initiative’ means a program to engage places of worship in delivering HIV prevention messages that promote safe-sex practices, educate people about HIV, and promote HIV screening.

“(C) ‘Harm reduction’ means a model of behavior change that proposes an incremental approach to reduce the harm posed by certain behavior that can be applied to substance abuse or HIV.

“(D) ‘HIV’ means human immunodeficiency virus.

“(E) ‘Partner services’ means public-health intervention performed by disease- intervention specialists who follow up with a person newly diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease to share information on persons who may have been exposed to the same infection with which the patient has been diagnosed.”

Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 19-197 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of the Department of Health Grant-Making Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Law 20-10, July 13, 2013, 60 DCR 7234, 20 DCSTAT 1755).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of the Department of Health Grant-Making Authority for Clinical Nutritional Home Services Temporary Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Law 20-70, February 22, 2014, 61 DCR 24).

Short Title

Short title: Section 5010 of D.C. Law 18-111 provided that subtitle B of title V of the act may be cited as the “Department of Health Grant Authority Amendment Act of 2009”.

Section 5061 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle G of Title V of the act may be cited as the “Department of Health Functions Clarification Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-117: Section 18 of D.C. Law provided that the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 7–736.02. Communicable and Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment Fund.

(a) There is established as a special fund the Communicable and Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment Fund (“Fund”), to be administered by the Department of Health in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(b) The Fund shall consist of revenue from the following sources related to the prevention and treatment of communicable and chronic diseases by the Department of Health:

(1) Third-party payors;

(2) Sliding-fee scale collections; and

(3) Other collections.

(c) The Fund shall be used for operations necessary to provide communicable and chronic disease prevention and treatment services.

(d)(1) The money deposited into the Fund, and interest earned, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time.

(2) Subject to authorization in an approved budget and financial plan, any funds appropriated in the Fund shall be continually available without regard to fiscal year limitation.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4907b; as added Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 5012(b), 61 DCR 9990.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).


§ 7–736.03. Communicable disease fees.

(a) The Director of the Department of Health may establish a schedule of fees for the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis to be provided to any individual who presents for prevention or treatment services, regardless of health insurance coverage or ability to pay. The Director may periodically revise the schedule of fees and may establish a sliding fee scale, based on income, for uninsured individuals. The fees, including any sliding fee scale, shall be published in the District of Columbia Register.

(b) The Director may seek reimbursement from any third-party payor for services provided relating to the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4907c; as added by Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 5012(b), 61 DCR 9990.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5012(b) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).


§ 7–737. Rules.

The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this chapter.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4908, 48 DCR 6981.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 8 of Department of Health Functions Clarification Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-60, June 6, 2001, 48 DCR 5701).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4408 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority Pursuant to the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001 to Regulate Barber Shops, Beauty Salons, and Massage and Spa Establishments, see Mayor’s Order 2006-10, January 27, 2006 ( 53 DCR 2711a).

Delegation of Authority under D.C. Law 14-28, the Department of Health Functions Clarification Act of 2001, see Mayor’s Order 2006-34, March 12, 2006 ( 53 DCR 5073).

Resolutions

Resolution 15-510, the “Air Quality Control Regulation Implementing Sections 182 and 185 of the Federal Clean Air Act Emergency Approval Resolution of 2004”, was approved effective April 4, 2004.

Resolution 15-512, the “Air Quality Control Regulation Implementing the Severe Area Non-attainment Requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act Emergency Approval Resolution of 2004”, was approved effective April 4, 2004.


Subchapter II. Inspections, Penalties, Waiver, and Employee Rights.

§ 7–741.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) "Electronic smoking device" means any product, including one composed of a heating element, battery, or electronic circuit, that contains or delivers nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the product. The term "electronic smoking device" includes any such product, regardless of whether it is manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, vape pen, or by any other product name or descriptor.

(1A) “Enclosed area” means all the space between a floor and ceiling that is enclosed on all sides by solid walls or windows or doors, exclusive of doorways, that extend from the floor to the ceiling.

(2) “Place of employment” means an enclosed area under the control of a public or private employer that employees normally frequent during the course of employment, including work areas, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, classrooms, employee cafeterias, hallways, and vehicles owned by a private employer, if the vehicle is used by more than one person, and excludes a private residence, unless it is used as a child care, adult day care, or health care facility.

(3) “Public place” means an enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the public is permitted, including banks, educational facilities, health care facilities, Laundromats, public transportation facilities, reception areas, restaurants, retail food production and marketing establishments, nightclubs, retail service establishments, retail stores, shopping malls, sports arenas, taverns, theaters, and waiting rooms, and excludes a private residence, unless it is used as a child care, adult day care, or health care facility.

(4) "Smoking" means the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying of a lightedor heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, electronic smoking device, or any other tobacco or plant product intended for human consumption through inhalation, in any manner or in any form.

(5) “Tobacco bar” means a restaurant, tavern, brew pub, club, or nightclub that generates 10% or more of its total annual revenue from the on-site sale of tobacco products, excluding sales from vending machines, or the rental of on-site humidors.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4915; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087; Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-189, § 2, 63 DCR 14370.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-741.

Cross References

Restrictions on tobacco smoking, see § 7-1701 et seq.


§ 7–741.02. Smoking prohibitions; inspections.

The Department of Health is authorized to conduct inspections of all places of employment and public places to ensure that the activity of smoking in such places, which is hereby prohibited, is not taking place, except that:

(1) Between April 4, 2006, and January 1, 2007, the smoking prohibition set forth in this section shall not apply to a brew pub, club, nightclub, or tavern as those entities are defined in § 25-101 or the bar and bar area of a restaurant. This exception shall not apply to an indoor restaurant table of a restaurant, as defined in § 25-101.

(2) After January 1, 2007, the exception described in paragraph (1) of this section shall expire and smoking shall be prohibited in all places of employment and public places at all times.

(3) The places described in this chapter shall be required to post signs pursuant to § 7-1704 and in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 17 of this title or any other District law.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4916; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-742.

Cross References

Restrictions on tobacco smoking, see § 7-1701 et seq.


§ 7–741.03. Exemptions.

(a) The following places shall be exempt from the provisions of this subchapter:

(1) A retail store that is used primarily for the sale of tobacco products and accessories in which the total annual revenue generated by the sale of non-tobacco products or accessories is no greater than 25% of the total revenue of the establishment; provided, that it does not share space with any other establishment;

(2) A tobacco bar;

(3) An outdoor area of a restaurant, tavern, club, brew pub, or nightclub;

(4) A hotel room or motel room rented to one or more guests;

(5) A medical treatment, research, or nonprofit institution where the activity of smoking is conducted for the purpose of medical research or is an integral part of a smoking cessation program; and

(6) Theatrical productions.

(b) A hotel licensed under § 25-113 shall be exempt from the provisions of this part once a year for one day for the purposes of hosting a special event which permits cigar smoking; provided, that the hotel shall:

(1) Notify the Department of Health in writing in advance of the event;

(2) Pay a fee of $2,500 to be remitted to the Regulatory Enforcement Fund as established under § 7-732 [repealed]; and

(3) Permit employees to opt out of working the special event with no penalty.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4917; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 5102, 58 DCR 6226.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-743.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-21 designated the existing text as subsec. (a); and added subsec. (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Special Event Exemption Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-326, March 9, 2010, 57 DCR 2200).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 5042 of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-93, June 29, 2011, 58 DCR 5599).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 3 of Revised Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Technical Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-157, October 4, 2011, 58 DCR 8688).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 18-167 designated the existing text as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b) to read as follows:

“(b) A hotel licensed under D.C. Official Code § 25-113(e) shall be exempt from the provisions of this part once a year for one day for the purposes of hosting a special event which permits cigar smoking; provided, that the hotel:

“(1) Notifies the Department of Health in writing in advance of the special event;

“(2) Has a ballroom or special event catering space with an occupancy of 500 or more persons;

“(3) Permits employees to opt out of working the special event with no penalty; and

“(4) Pays a fee of $250 to be remitted to the Department of Health Regulatory Enforcement Fund established under section 4903.”.

Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 18-167 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-53 rewrote subsec. (b) to read as follows:

“(b) A hotel licensed under D.C. Official Code § 25-113 shall be exempt from the provisions of this part once a year for one day for the purposes of hosting a special event that permits cigar smoking; provided, that the hotel shall:

“(1) Notify the Department of Health in writing in advance of the event;

“(2) Have a ballroom or special-event-catering space with an occupancy of 500 or more persons;

“(3) Pay a fee of $250 to be remitted to the Regulatory Enforcement Fund as established under section 4903;

“(4) Permit employees to opt out of working the special event with no penalty; and

“(5) Have been the recipient of a similar exemption between January 1, 2008, and October 1, 2011.”.

Section 15(b) of D.C. Law 19-53 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Short Title

Short title: Section 5101 of D.C. Law 19-21 provided that subtitle K of title V of the act may be cited as “Special Events Exemption Amendment Act of 2011”.


§ 7–741.04. Penalties.

An employer or person who willfully violates the requirements of this chapter by:

(1) Smoking in a prohibited area shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000; subsequent offenses shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 or more than $1,000;

(2) Obscuring, removing, defacing, mutilating or destroying any sign posted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $500; or

(3) Failing to post or maintain warning signs describing the prohibited activity and failing to notify a person observed to be smoking to stop the activity, as required by this subsection, shall be subject to a fine of $500; each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4918; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-744.


§ 7–741.05. Economic hardship waiver.

(a) The Mayor may grant an economic hardship waiver from the requirements of this subchapter; provided, that prior to the granting of a waiver, the applicant establishes, to the satisfaction of the Mayor, that compliance with the requirements of this subchapter has caused or will cause undue financial hardship. An economic hardship waiver shall be based on regulations issued in accordance with § 7-741.07.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, places of employment and public places where smoking is permitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall:

(1) Have been in existence on or before January 1, 2007;

(2) Not permit smoking in an area that exceeds 25% of the total area, if the place of employment or public place is a restaurant as defined in § 25-101; and

(3) Be subject to conditions or restrictions as may be necessary to minimize the adverse effects of smoking and shall be consistent with the general purpose of this subchapter.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4919; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-745.


§ 7–741.06. Employee rights and protections.

(a) Places of employment and enclosed public places that permit smoking pursuant to this chapter shall not require employees to work in smoking areas provided that an employee requests to work solely in non-smoking areas.

(1) An employee who is aggrieved by a violation of this subsection shall have a private cause of action against the owner, manager, or person in charge of the place of employment or public place.

(2) An employee shall pursue and exhaust all remedies available pursuant to any collective bargaining agreement, grievance procedure, or other established means of resolving employer-employee disputes to resolve a violation of this subsection prior to commencing a civil action.

(b) An owner, manager, or other person responsible for a place of employment or public place that permits smoking under this subchapter shall not:

(1) Require an employee to work in a smoking area; provided, the employee requests to work in the non-smoking area only;

(2) Discharge or otherwise discriminate against any employee with respect to compensation or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment on the basis that the employee or applicant requested to work in a non-smoking area; or

(3) Discharge, refuse to hire, or in any manner retaliate against an employee, applicant for employment, or customer because that employee, applicant, or customer exercises any rights afforded by this chapter or reports a violation of this chapter.

(c) An employee who is aggrieved by a violation of this section shall be entitled to recover damages, including lost or back wages or salary. The court, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party a reasonable attorney’s fee as part of the costs.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4920; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-746.


§ 7–741.07. Rulemaking.

The Mayor is authorized to promulgate rules necessary to implement this chapter. Any proposed regulations issued pursuant to this chapter shall be submitted to the Council for a 60-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed regulations, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 60-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4921; as added Apr. 4, 2006, D.C. Law 16-90, § 2(b), 53 DCR 1087.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-747.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-741.05.


Subchapter III. Cottage Foods.

§ 7–742.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “CFBR” means the Cottage Food Business Registry within the Department of Health.

(2) “Cottage food business” means a business that:

(A) Produces or packages cottage food products in a residential kitchen;

(B) Sells the cottage food products in accordance with § 7-742.02 and regulations adopted by the Department of Health;

(C) Has annual revenues from the sale of cottage food products in an amount not exceeding $ 25,000; and

(D) Has obtained a home occupancy permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs pursuant to section 203 of Title 11 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (11 DCMR Section 203).

(3) “Cottage food product” means a non-potentially hazardous food, as specified in regulations adopted by the Department of Health, that is sold at a farmer's market or public event in accordance with § 7-742.02 and regulations adopted by the Department of Health.

(4) “Department” means the Department of Health.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4931; as added Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-63, § 2, 60 DCR 16530.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-749.01.

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-63 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of D.C. Law 20-63, § 3, see § 7003 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-63: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-63 provided that the act shall apply upon the inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-63: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-63, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, § 7003, provided that the act shall apply as of October 1, 2015.


§ 7–742.02. Cottage food businesses.

(a) This section shall not:

(1) Apply to a food establishment that is required to have a license under Department regulations; or

(2) Exempt a cottage food business from any applicable District or federal tax laws.

(b)(1) A cottage food business shall register with the Cottage Food Business Registry within the Department before beginning operation.

(2) The Department shall perform an inspection of the cottage food business before that business may sell its cottage food products.

(3) If a cottage food business passes the inspection, the Department shall issue a cottage food business identification number to the cottage food business.

(4) The Department shall have the authority to enter the premises of a cottage food business registered with the CFBR to conduct a pre-operational inspection and to investigate complaints pertaining to the sale or preparation of cottage food products pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(c) The owner of a cottage food business may sell only cottage food products that are:

(1) Stored on the premises of the cottage food business; and

(2) Prepackaged with a label that contains the following information:

(A) The cottage food business identification number;

(B) The name of the cottage food product;

(C) The ingredients of the cottage food product in descending order of the amount of each ingredient by weight;

(D) The net weight or net volume of the cottage food product;

(E) Allergen information as specified by federal labeling requirements;

(F) If any nutritional claim is made, nutritional information as specified by federal labeling requirements; and

(G) The following statement printed in 10-point or larger type in a color that provides a clear contrast to the background of the label: “Made by a cottage food business that is not subject to the District of Columbia's food safety regulations.

(d)(1) The Department may investigate any complaint alleging that a cottage food business has violated this section.

(2) On receipt of a complaint, a representative of the Department, at a reasonable time, may enter and inspect the premises of a cottage food business to determine compliance with this section.

(3) The owner of a cottage food business may not:

(A) Refuse to grant access to a representative who requests to enter and inspect the premises of the cottage food business under paragraph (2) of this subsection; or

(B) Interfere with any inspection under paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(4) An investigation of a cottage food business conducted under this subsection may include sampling of a cottage food product to determine if the cottage food product is misbranded or adulterated.

(e) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], may issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter. The proposed regulations shall be submitted to the Council for a 60-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed regulations, in whole or in part, by resolution within this 60-day review period, the proposed rules shall be deemed approved.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4932; as added Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-63, § 2, 60 DCR 16530.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 7-749.02.

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-63 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of D.C. Law 20-63, § 3, see § 7003 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-63: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-63 provided that the act shall apply upon the inclusion of its fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan, as certified by the Chief Financial Officer to the Budget Director of the Council in a certification published by the Council in the District of Columbia Register.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-63: Section 3 of D.C. Law 20-63, as amended by D.C. Law 21-36, § 7003, provided that the act shall apply as of October 1, 2015.


Subchapter IV. Health Occupation Advisory Committees.

§ 7–743.01. Generally.

(a) The Department of Health shall oversee the Health Occupation Advisory Committees established under this subchapter.

(b) All appointments to the Health Occupation Advisory Committees shall be made by the Director of the Department of Health.

(c) The Department of Health shall provide facilities and other administrative support for the Health Occupation Advisory Committees, as determined by the Director.

(d) The Health Occupation Advisory Committees shall review applications for licensure to practice upon request of the Board of Medicine. The Health Occupation Advisory Committees shall submit their respective recommendations to the Board of Medicine for action.

(e) For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Board of Medicine” means the Board of Medicine established pursuant to § 3-1202.03(a).

(2) “Health Occupation Advisory Committees” means the advisory committees established pursuant to this subchapter.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4941; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.02. Advisory Committee on Acupuncture.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Acupuncture to consist of 5 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee;

(2) Three non-physician acupuncturists licensed in the District;

(3) A consumer member.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Acupuncture other than the Director, 2 shall serve an initial term of 2 years and 2 shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Acupuncture shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing acupuncturists and regulating the practice of acupuncture in the District.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine under § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Acupuncture shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Acupuncture shall meet at least annually to review guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4942; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.03. Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants to consist of 3 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee;

(2) An anesthesiologist licensed in the District with experience working with anesthesiologist assistants; and

(3) An anesthesiologist assistant licensed in the District.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants other than the Director, one shall serve an initial term of 2 years and one shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing and regulating anesthesiologist assistants in the District. The guidelines shall set forth the actions that anesthesiologist assistants may perform under the direct supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist, who shall be responsible for the overall medical direction of the care and treatment of patients.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine under § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants shall meet at least annually to review the guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4943; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.04. Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine to consist of 3 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee;

(2) A licensed physician with experience in naturopathic medicine or in working with naturopathic physicians; and

(3) A licensed naturopathic physician.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine other than the Director, one shall serve an initial term of 2 years and one shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing naturopathic physicians and regulating the practice of naturopathic medicine in the District.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine shall meet at least annually to review the guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4944; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.05. Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants to consist of 3 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee;

(2) A physician or osteopath licensed in the District with experience working with physician assistants; and

(3) A physician assistant licensed in the District.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants other than the Director, one shall serve an initial term of 2 years and one shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing and regulating physician assistants in the District. The guidelines shall set forth the actions that physician assistants may perform in collaboration with a licensed physician or osteopath, who shall be responsible for the overall medical direction of the care and treatment of patients and the level of collaboration required for each action.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine under § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants shall meet at least annually to review guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4945; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.06. Advisory Committee on Polysomnography.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Polysomnography to consist of 3 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee; and

(2) Two polysomnographic technologists licensed in the District.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Polysomnography other than the Director, one shall serve an initial term of 2 years and one shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Polysomnography shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing, registration, and regulation of polysomnographic technologists, polysomnographic technicians, and polysomnographic trainees in the District. The guidelines shall set forth the education and experience requirements for registration and licensure and the actions that polysomnographic technologists, polysomnographic technicians, and polysomnographic trainees may perform.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine under § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Polysomnography shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Polysomnography shall meet at least annually to review the guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4946; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).


§ 7–743.07. Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants.

(a) There is established an Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants to consist of 5 members as follows:

(1) The Director of the Department of Health, or his or her designee;

(2) A surgeon licensed in the District with experience working with surgical assistants; and

(3) Three surgical assistants licensed in the District.

(b) Of the appointees to the Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants other than the Director, 2 shall serve an initial term of 2 years and 2 shall serve an initial term of 3 years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 3 years.

(c)(1) The Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants shall develop and submit to the Board of Medicine guidelines for licensing and regulating surgical assistants in the District. The guidelines shall set forth the actions that surgical assistants may perform in collaboration with a licensed surgeon, who shall be responsible for the overall medical direction of the care and treatment of patients.

(2)(A) Guidelines approved by the Board of Medicine under § 3-1202.03 shall remain in effect until revised guidelines are submitted to and approved by the Board of Medicine.

(B) The Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants shall submit revised guidelines to the Board of Medicine by June 22, 2015.

(3) The Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants shall meet at least annually to review the guidelines and make necessary revisions for submission to the Board of Medicine.


(Oct. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 14-28, § 4947; as added May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-271, § 202(b), 62 DCR 1884.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, Nov. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 202(b) of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).