How to Submit Comments on Regulations

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau, must comply with the California Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when adopting regulations.

Except in the case of emergency regulations, the APA establishes a formal rulemaking process that includes a 45-day public-comment period and public hearings. During that period, comments can be submitted to the Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau regarding the proposed regulations.

Urgent emergency regulations are approved by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) first and then go into effect for a specified time period, during which the regular rulemaking process, which includes a public-comment period and public hearings, is undertaken.

The rulemaking process usually includes publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, an Initial Statement of Reasons for the proposed regulations, and the text of the proposed regulations. Anyone submitting a comment has the right to request a copy of the Final Statement of Reasons for the proposed regulations. Please make the request at the time of the comment.

To comment on proposed regulations, please email your comments to the Bureau at TMAS@dca.ca.gov with the words "Comments on Regulations" indicated in the subject line. Within your email, please note the OAL file number for the regulation package on which you are commenting. Please also include your first and last name. You may also mail your comments to the Bureau at this address:

Department of Consumer Affairs
Telephone Medical Advice Services Bureau
1625 North Market Boulevard, Suite N-112
Sacramento, CA 95834

For more information on the rulemaking process, visit the Office of Administrative Law Web site at www.oal.ca.gov.