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Administrative Rules

Administrative rules are adopted to implement laws that protect the public health, safety, welfare and environment, and to ensure the efficient administration of state government.  The Iowa Department of Public Health's administrative rules are located in the Iowa Administrative Code under the department's Agency Identification Number 641.  To access the Iowa Administrative Code: http://www.legis.iowa.gov/IowaLaw/AdminCode/adminLaw.aspx

The Regulatory Plan, Fiscal Year 2017  PDF lists each potential rule currently under consideration or development within the department. The IDPH plan includes all potential rules under Iowa Administrative Code [641]: Public Health Department, [645]: Professional Licensure Division, [650] Dental Board, [653] Medicine Board, [655] Nursing Board and [657] Pharmacy Board.

The Rule-making Docket  for IDPH can be found at the Legislatures “Rules Tracker” website.  The site tracks in real-time, the departments rule-making process from Notice of Intended Action to adoption. You can access public comment deadlines, public hearing dates, Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) meeting dates and actions taken, published rule-making documents (ARCs), and effective dates.

The link first presents the administrative rules for [641] Public Health Department. Once at the site, you can utilize the dropdown listing for “Agency” to access the “Rules Tracker” for [645] Professional Licensure Division, [650] Dental Board, [653] Medical Board, [655] Nursing Board and [657] Pharmacy Board.

The Waiver Petition Form  PDF may be completed by any person wishing to request a waiver, in whole or in part, of a department rule.  Instructions for completing the form are included with the form.  This form may be submitted via facsimile, or through the U.S. Mail.

A Waiver Reporting System has been developed that provides access to a listing of all waiver requests for all state agencies. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/law/administrativeRules/additionalInfo/waiverVariances

Contact the Rules Administrator for any of the following:

1. To inspect written comments submitted to the department about any rules, including any requests for regulatory analysis and the analysis issued.

2. The names of persons who have made written requests for an opportunity to make oral presentations, where those requests may be inspected, and where and when oral presentations may be made.

3. Any other administrative rules questions.

For more information: 

Susan Dixon, Agency Rules Administrator
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
phone: (515) 725-2183
fax: (515) 281-0488