AED State Laws


South Carolina State AED Law

South Carolina prioritizes AED use and preparedness in schools by requiring districts to develop comprehensive plans to respond to SCA, including procuring a minimum of one device per school. 

Good Samaritan protections extend to the rescuer and purchaser involved in AED use. Check out the full outline below to learn more. 

Summary of Requirements


A health care professional must serve as an official Automated External Defibrillator (AED) liaison in the obtaining of an AED.

CPR/AED Training

An owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must receive training and certification in CPR and the use of an AED by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or National Safety Council.

EMS Notification

Any owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must notify local EMS of the existence, location, and type of AED they have.

Maintenance Program

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be maintained and tested regularly based on manufacturer’s operational guidelines and keep a written record of each time it was tested. An AED program must be in place and approved by the AED liaison which includes CPR and AED training, guidelines, deployment strategies, and an AED maintenance plan.

Notification of Use

As soon as a person uses an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), it is required that they request emergency assistance from the appropriate first aid, ambulance, or rescue squad as soon as possible.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • purchaser
  • physician
Reference Summary

SC Code § 44-76-40

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

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

SC Code § 44-76-30

Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.

SC Code § 44-76-20

Defines: Automated External Defibrillator, Health Care Professional, and Designated AED User.

SC Code § 59-17-155

Requires that school districts implement an automated external defibrillator program for each high school.

SC Code § 59-32-30

Outlines a comprehensive plan for training, certification, and credentialing of statewide school districts.

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.