Title 17 – § 1216.1 – Qualifications for Licensing

Title 17 – § 1216.1 – Qualifications for Licensing

(a)  A laboratory meets the qualifications for licensing by:

(1)  Employing at least one forensic alcohol supervisor. If forensic alcohol analysis is performed by persons other than forensic alcohol supervisors, such persons shall meet the qualifications set forth in these regulations for forensic alcohol analysts or forensic alcohol analyst trainees;

(2)  Maintaining a quality control program in forensic alcohol analysis procedures;

(3)  Demonstrating satisfactory performance in a proficiency testing program conducted by or approved by the Department;

(4)  Passing such on-site inspections as the Department may require;

(5)  Showing ability to meet the requirements set forth in these regulations.

(b)  These qualifications shall be maintained at all times by each licensed laboratory.

(c)  The Department may deny a license or renewal thereof, or take disciplinary action against a licensee, for failure to maintain these qualifications in a manner which meets the Department’s standards for approval.

(d)  Whenever a licensed laboratory employing only one forensic alcohol supervisor loses that person, the Department may upon petition of the laboratory extend the license for a period not exceeding 90 days during which time the laboratory shall hire another forensic alcohol supervisor.

(1)  Such an extension shall be contingent on the laboratory’s having in its employ at least one forensic alcohol analyst and upon the laboratory’s successfully demonstrating to the Department continued competence in forensic alcohol analysis through such proficiency tests, examinations, and on-site inspections as the Department may require.

(e)  A forensic alcohol supervisor is a person who meets the following qualifications:

(1)  Possesses a baccalaureate or higher degree, or an equivalent, in chemistry, biochemistry, or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Department;

(2)  Has two years of experience in performing forensic alcohol analysis, such experience to include experience in interpretation and correlation of alcohol analyses with subjective observations of the demeanor and behavior of persons who have ingested known amounts of ethyl alcohol; or, in lieu of such two years of experience, satisfactorily completes a training course approved by the Department, such training course to include at minimum the following schedule of subjects:

(A)  Value and purpose of forensic alcohol analysis, including breath alcohol analysis;

(B)  Physiological action of alcohol;

(C)  Pharmacology and toxicology of alcohol;

(D)  Laboratory methods of alcohol analysis;

(E)  Instruments and procedures for breath alcohol analysis;

(F)  Practical laboratory demonstration of the student’s ability to perform alcohol analysis;

(G)  Interpretation of results of alcohol analysis, including correlation of alcohol analyses with subjective observations of the demeanor and behavior of persons who have ingested known amounts of alcohol;

(H)  Court testimony;

(I)  Court decisions regarding chemical tests of alcohol to determine alcohol influence; and

(J)  Requirements of these regulations;

(3)  Successfully demonstrates accuracy in the analysis of proficiency test samples submitted by the Department, and successfully passes examinations prescribed by the Department;

(4)  Demonstrates the ability to adhere to the provisions of these regulations; or (in lieu of (1) and (2) above)

(5)  Either is a person who, prior to January 1, 1971, qualified as director of a clinical laboratory operating under the provisions of the California Business and Professions Code, or is a person who, for a period of one year prior to January 1, 1971, has been employed in the activities of a forensic alcohol supervisor.

(f)  A forensic alcohol analyst is a person who meets the following qualifications:

(1)  Successfully completes at least 60 semester-hours, or their equivalent in quarter-hours, of college level courses, including 8 hours of general chemistry and 3 hours of quantitative analysis;

(2)  Successfully completes a training period in alcohol analysis on forensic or clinical specimens in a forensic alcohol laboratory or in a clinical laboratory;

(3)  Performs during the training period a minimum of 25 analyses of alcohol concentration in blood samples, at least half of which contain alcohol;

(4)  Successfully demonstrates accuracy in the analysis of proficiency test samples submitted by the Department, and successfully passes examinations prescribed by the Department;

(5)  Demonstrates ability to adhere to the provisions of these regulations; or (in lieu of (1), (2), and (3) above)

(6)  Either is a person who, prior to January 1, 1971, was a clinical laboratory technologist licensed under the provisions of the California Business and Professions Code, or is a person who, for a period of one year prior to January 1, 1971, has been employed in the activities of a forensic alcohol analyst.

(g)  A forensic alcohol analyst trainee is a person who meets the following qualifications:

(1)  Meets the educational qualification set forth as (1) for a forensic alcohol analyst;

(2)  Is employed by a licensed forensic alcohol laboratory.

 

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