Article 4. Poison Control Centers of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 2.5. >> Chapter 6. >> Article 4.
(a) The authority shall establish minimum standards for
the operation of poison control centers.
(b) The authority shall establish geographical service areas and
criteria for designation of regional poison control centers. The
authority may designate poison control centers which have met the
standards established pursuant to subdivision (a), in accordance with
the criteria adopted pursuant to this subdivision.
(c) No person or persons, business, agency, organization, or other
entity, whether public or private, shall hold itself out as
providing a poison advice service or use the term poison control
center, poison advice center, or any other term which implies that it
is qualified to provide advice on the treatment or handling of
poisons in its advertising, name, or in printed materials and
information it furnishes to the general public unless that entity
meets one of the following conditions:
(1) Has been designated as a poison control center by the
(2) Is a company or organization which provides a poison
information service for products or chemicals which it manufactures
(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a qualified health care
professional, within his or her level of professional expertise,
from providing advice regarding poisoning or poisons to his or her
patient or patients upon request or whenever he or she deems it
warranted in the exercise of his or her professional judgment, as
otherwise permitted by law.
The authority shall consolidate the number of poison
control centers if it is determined by the authority that the
consolidation will result in cost savings.
The authority may authorize a poison control center,
instead of providing poison control services directly, to contract
with an entity in another state to provide poison control services
during any part of the 24-hour period for which the center is
required to provide poison control services, if both of the following
conditions are met:
(a) The center is unable to provide poison control services 24
hours a day.
(b) The entity in the other state provides substantially the same
poison control services as required under Section 1798.180, and
regulations adopted pursuant thereto. An entity in another state
shall not be deemed not to provide substantially the same poison
control services solely because the staff of the entity is licensed
in the other state, and not licensed in the State of California.
The authority may authorize a poison control center to
provide poison control services for fewer than 24 hours a day, as the
authority deems necessary.