EMS Certification Commission
The Louisiana Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission (EMSCC) is a legally created administrative commission acting within the governmental structure of the state and possessing legal power.
To safeguard life and health of the citizens of Louisiana, the law governing the practice of Nationally Registered and State Licensed EMS Practitioners, Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, R.S. 40:1133 et seq., as re-enacted and amended, delegates to this Commission the responsibility to establish and publish standards of out-of-hospital practice; to regulate the scope of practice of Emergency Medical Services Practitioners, to discipline and regulate the practice of Emergency Medical Services Practitioners and to establish standards for education programs preparing individuals for out-of-hospital practice.
Please direct EMS Certification Commission inquiries to EMS.Commission@la.gov
EMS Certification Commissioners
American College of Emergency Physicians: Christopher B. Willoughby, MD
EMS Private Administrator: Casey McBeath
Paramedic: Carl Flores
American Academy of Pediatrics: Megan Marino, MD
American College of Surgeons: Navdeep Samra, MD
Emergency Medical Technician: Timothy Crocket
EMS Public Administrator: Otha Henry
Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association: Adam Oliver - Secretary
Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association: Toby Henry
Louisiana Municipal Association: Ryan Brown - Chair
Louisiana State Medical Society: Scott Thames, Jr., MD - Vice-Chair
Professional Firefighters Association of Louisiana: Brandon Lee
EMS Certification Commission Meeting Schedule
The Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission’s regular meetings are at 9:00 a.m. at the office of the Louisiana Bureau of EMS, unless otherwise noted.
2023 Regular Meeting Dates:
February 17, 2023
April 21, 2023
June 16, 2023
August 18, 2023
October 20, 2023
December 15, 2023
EMSCC Meeting Agendas/Notices and Minutes can be found on the Louisiana Boards & Commissions website.
Please find below a list of EMS licenses that have been disciplined by the EMS Certification Commission.
CLICK HERE for 2021 Disciplinary Decisions
CLICK HERE for 2022 Disciplinary Decisions
Deferred Decision Matrix
The EMS Certification Commission utilizes the Deferred Decision Matrix as a starting point in making licensing or disciplinary decisions and is therefore provided only for general informational and guidance purposes. Each applicant has unique and individual circumstances which may involve aggravating or mitigating or other factors. Additionally, patterns of conduct may affect any final decision. Please consult your attorney if you have questions.
CLICK HERE to view the Deferred Decision Matrix
What to Report?
Any of the following violations:
- EMS Practice Act R.S. 40:1131 et. seq.
- Bureau of EMS Policy and Procedures
- Patient Care
- Unprofessional Conduct
- Moral Turpitude
- EMS Rules
- Scope of Practice
- National Registry Rules
- National EMS Education Guidelines
- Education/Educator Violations
- Failed or refused drug screening
- Any act the results in arrest either misdemeanor or felony
Who Should Report?
Any student, candidate, licensed EMS practitioners, EMS Educator, EMS Provider or EMS Employer having direct knowledge.
How to Report
To Whom to Report
EMS Certification Commission
c/o Stacy Barbay
7273 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: (225) 925-4022
Fax: (225) 925-7244
Public Comment at EMSCC Meetings
At every open meeting of the EMSCC, members of the public shall be afforded an opportunity to make public comment addressing any matters set by agenda for discussion at that meeting. Concerns and public comments shall be limited to five minutes per individual unless the time limitations are waived by a majority of the EMS Certification Commission members present.
Anyone wishing to speak on a specific item must present the request prior to the convening of the meeting. Cards shall be available to place the request for public comment, along with the requestor’s name and for whom the requestor is appearing.
Scope of Practice
The EMS Certification Commission will determine the Scope of Practice for each EMS Practitioner level. The EMSCC retains the authority to modify, expand, limit, or change the Scope of Practice by passing a resolution. Upon the passing of a resolution, the Bureau of EMS will publish the resolution and update the Scope of Practice matrix on the Bureau of EMS website and the Louisiana Boards and Commissions Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission web page.
CLICK HERE for the Scope of Practice (updated December 2022)
CLICK HERE for the Scope of Practice Clarification (updated January 2022)
The Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission revised the expansion to the Louisiana EMS Scope of Practice on October 16, 2020. Please note that the expansion of skills will remain in effect during the COVID-19 crisis or until rescinded by the Louisiana EMS Certification Commission.
CLICK HERE for the Louisiana EMS Scope of Practice Expansion Due to the Pandemic.
CLICK HERE for Public Health Emergency Extension
CLICK HERE for CLIA Waived Testing information.
CLICK HERE for Temporary Registration Rule
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
The EMS Certification Commission, at the August 21, 2020 regular meeting, adopted the Louisiana Department of Health Diversity & Inclusion Statement as noted below:
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) characterize diversity as representing the differences and similarities of all of us that include, for example, individual characteristics (e.g. disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity and orientation, values, beliefs, experiences and backgrounds. LDH also characterizes inclusion as creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the work of our agency. This is inclusive of LDH also building its capacity to create, support and/or fund (i.e., via programming projects and contracts) efforts that do not discriminate against people, populations, and/or communities due to disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity, and orientation. LDH believes that diversity and inclusion aid it more equitably achieving its mission – “…protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for citizens of the State of Louisiana”.
Statutes: EMS Certification Commission
Statutes: Emergency Medical Services