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Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council

The Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council (EMPAC) operates under the direction of the department's executive director and advises the department about the appropriate scope of practice for EMS providers. This includes application review for waivers to the standard scope of practice and setting criteria for physicians to serve as EMS medical directors. For EMS scope of practice and medical direction information, visit the EMS medical direction web page.

Quarterly meeting information

The next quarterly meeting of the Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance is in-person or virtual. Register below to attend via Zoom webinar. See the meeting documents folder for location details, agendas and other meeting materials. 


Phone access

(408) 638-0968 or (669) 900-6833

Webinar ID#: 846 5232 4611


Waiver guideline review task force

The EMPAC waiver guideline review task force was created to provide subject matter expertise in developing waiver guidance for the EMPAC Committee.

The task force meets as needed. Meeting agendas and other documents can be accessed via the meeting documents folder on this page.


Regional medical director meetings

EMS regional medical directors (RMD) meet quarterly in conjunction with the Emergency Medical Practice Advisory Council meeting. The public is welcome to attend RMD meetings. RMD meetings are held 2 hours prior to the EMPAC meeting.

  View RMD meeting materials

  Join the RMD meeting


RMD meetings intend to:

  • Facilitate peer communication and cooperation.
  • Provide resources to EMS agency medical directors.
  • Facilitate regional EMS continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Promote regional standardization of protocols for levels of service.
  • Promote regional standardization of the education and continued training of EMS providers.
  • Facilitate communications between the department and agency medical directors.
  • Facilitate communications between agency medical directors and the health care community.


Michael Bateman
EMS Operations Section Manager