AED State Laws


Maryland State AED Law

Maryland has extensive legislation in place to equip high risk facilities like middle and high schools, swimming pools, and health clubs with AEDs. The state also provides Good Samaritan protections for both trained and untrained users. 

Check out the full list of AED requirements below.

Summary of Requirements


A licensed physician must sponsor the ownership of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

CPR/AED Training

Any person that operates and maintains an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must successfully complete a training course required by the EMS board and refresh their training on a regular basis.

EMS Notification

A business or facility must be registered with the nearest emergency medical services operation program.

Maintenance Program

The owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must keep it maintained, operated, and tested according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They must also keep written records of each test and maintenance performed on each AED as required by the EMS Board.

Notification of Use

Immediately after an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been used, emergency medical services through the 911 emergency access number along with the closest jurisdictional emergency medical services operation program must be notified of its use.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • physician
Reference Summary

MD Code § 13-517

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

HB 836

House Bill 836 or “The Elijah Gorham Act” adjusts the requirements for AED programs in middle and high schools.

MD Code of Reg §

Defines: Automated External Defibrillator, Event Summary, Expected Operator, Facility, Operate, Public Safety Answering Point, Registered Facility, Response, and Site.

MD Cts and Jud Pro Code § 5-608

Grants Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users.

SB 503 & HB 1366

(Breanna’s Law) Requiring a public school student to complete, as part of the health or physical education curriculum, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, beginning with students entering grade 9 in the 2015-2016 school year; requiring each county board of education to provide specified instruction in every public school that enrolls students in any of the grades 9 through 12, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

SB 308

(Montgomery County) Requires law enforcement agency’s vehicle used for patrol by a law enforcement officer who is a first responder and trained in the operation and use of an AED to be equipped with an AED.

MD Code § 1-1310

Outlines AED requirements for swimming pools.

HB 1248

Requires owners and operators of certain swimming pools to develop and implement a certain AED program that meets certain requirements including maintenance, inspections, and training.

HB 812

Extends the requirement of AEDs required in high schools to include middle schools.

MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-603

Grants Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users.

MD Code § 7-425

Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for each county board that develops and implements an AED program.

SB 579 & HB 113

Altering the circumstances under which an individual is immune from civil liability for providing automated external defibrillation; and providing that immunity from liability is not available to individuals for specified conduct that is grossly negligent, willful or wanton misconduct, or intentionally tortious conduct.

SB 570

Renaming the Automated External Defibrillator Program to be the Public
Access Automated External Defibrillator Program; repealing the authority
of the State Emergency Medical Services Board to set and require fees
for the issuance and renewal of certificates under the program; authorizing the Board to approve educational and training programs that include training in automated external defibrillation; etc.

SB 330

An Act requiring that each county or municipality owned swimming pool develop and implement an AED program and that an individual trained on its use be present during business hours.

SB 742

An Act requiring a study for whether automated external defibrillators should be provided on-site at swimming pools in the State.

HB 211

An Act requiring health clubs to have AEDs on the premises.

HB 1200

Requires every school in the state to have an AED on the premises and at all school-sponsored athletic events.

This information is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, AED laws and requirements change frequently. We encourage you to refer to your legal counsel or state agencies with questions about your state's AED laws or AED Good Samaritan requirements.