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Syringe Exchange Certification Program

The California Legislature has found and declared that scientific data from syringe exchange programs (SEPs) has shown that SEPs can curtail the spread of HIV infection among injection drug users, that they do not increase drug use and that SEPs can serve as an important bridge to treatment and recovery from substance use disorders.

To act upon these findings, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 604 (Skinner, Chapter 744, Statutes of 2011). AB 604 permits the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS (OA) to establish a process through which qualified entities may apply directly to CDPH/OA for authorization to provide syringe exchange services, a process which the Department terms SEP 'certification".

On July 17, 2013, the California Code of Regulations was amended to adopt Subchapter 15, Sections 7000 through 7016 of the Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4. These regulations established OA's SEP Certification Program.

These regulations apply only to SEPs authorized through CDPH/OA. Local Board of Supervisors and City Councils may continue to authorize SEPs to operate within their jurisdictions and are not required to follow standards set forth in the regulations for OA's SEP certification program.  

For further information contact Carol Crump at 916-449-5965 or carol.crump@cdph.ca.gov.

Last modified on: 3/7/2017 2:43 PM