AED State Laws


Massachusetts State AED Law

Sports coaches in Massachusetts are required to obtain certification in AED use and CPR to help protect their athletes in case of a cardiac emergency. Good Samaritan laws also protect both trained and untrained AED users. 

Check out Massachusetts’ full list of AED requirements below.

Summary of Requirements


Every Automated External Defibrillator (AED) provider shall contract with an AED medical director who will be responsible for ensuring AED maintenance, training, and other requirements.

CPR/AED Training

The person who is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) provider must be certified in CPR and in the use of AED that meets the standards established by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. The certification must never expire while the person is an AED provider.

EMS Notification

Once an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is implemented, the provider must notify local police and emergency services of the number, type, and location of AEDs.

Maintenance Program

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be maintained and tested on a regular basis in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Notification of Use

Every provider of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must contact the police or local EMS when responding to a request for emergency care or treatment.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
Reference Summary

MA General Laws 112 § 12V 1/2

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

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

MA General Laws 112 § 12V

Grants Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users.

MA General Laws 93 § 78A

Outlines AED requirements for health clubs.

MA General Laws 93 § 86

Absent a showing of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, no cause of action against a health club or its employees may arise in connection with the use or non-use of a defibrillator.

MA General Laws 69 § 8A

Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for the schools that acquire an AED.

MA General Laws 71 § 54C

Outlines AED requirements for schools.

MA Code of Reg § 150.002

Outlines AED requirements for nursing facilities.

MA Code of Reg 234 § 6.15

Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.

SB 217

A bill requiring that all coaches have current certification in CPR and AED use from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or other nationally recognized organization.

SB 2681

Outlines AED requirements for health clubs.

Chapter 137

Establishes immunity for CPR and use of an AED.

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.