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The April meeting of the Public Health Council featured a presentation to the Council by the Commissioner, followed by a series of informational updates on proposed regulatory amendments that are currently in process, and then a series of final votes to rescind specific regulations as directed under the Governor’s Executive Order 562.

First, Public Health Commissioner Bharel provided an update for the Council on the Department’s efforts to improve nursing home oversight.

Next, staff from the Office of Emergency Medical Services provided an update on proposed amendments that would streamline and simplify regulations related to the Emergency Medical Services system in Massachusetts. Next steps in the amendment process include a public hearing and comment period.

The Council then received an update on the proposed recission of regulations related to the Approval of Bacteriological and Serological Laboratories. Next steps in that process include a public hearing and comment period.

Following that, the Council was updated on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to oversight of tanning facilities. As above, next steps in the process include a public hearing and comment period.

Lastly, the Council took up a series of final votes to rescind specific regulations as directed by Executive Order 562, which instructs state agencies to streamline existing regulations and delete those regulations which are no longer relevant or applicable, or which are no longer appropriate due to statutory changes.

The Council voted to rescind the following regulations:

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