AED State Laws


Washington State AED Law

Washington’s comprehensive Good Samaritan laws protect anyone involved in the use of an AED, including the rescuer and property owner. As a graduation requirement, high schoolers also need to complete CPR training. 

Below is a full list of additional AED requirements in Washington state. Check out which groups might be impacted and who in Washington might be required to have an AED.

Summary of Requirements


Once an owner has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), medical direction is needed from a licensed physician in the use of an AED and CPR training.

CPR/AED Training

People who are expected user of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must received instruction in AED use and CPR by an approved Department of Health course.

EMS Notification

The owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must notify local EMS organization of the existence and location of the AED.

Maintenance Program

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be properly maintained and tested on a regular basis according to the manufacturer guidelines.

Notification of Use

Once an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is used for emergency care for a sudden cardiac arrest must alert EMS as soon as possible and must report any clinical use of the defibrillator to the prescribing physician.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • purchaser
  • property owner
  • physician
  • trainer
Reference Summary

WA Rev Code RCW 4.24.300

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

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

HB 1556

Provides guidelines for AED programs in high schools.

WA Rev Code § 28A.230.179

Each school district that operates a high school must offer instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students as provided in this section. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation must be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

WA Rev Code § 28A.300.471

Outlines the responsibilities of the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

WA Admin Code § WAC 246-817-722

Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.

HB 1756

A bill addressing the arrival of first responders with automatic external defibrillator capability.

WA Rev Code § RCW 70.54.310

Outlines the responsibilities of a person who acquires an AED.

HB 2998

Provides immunity protection and establishes requirements for automated external defibrillators.

WA Admin Code § 246-817-770

Outlines AED requirements for offices in which general anesthesia (including deep sedation) is administered.

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.