CHAPTER 199. CORONERS’ EDUCATION BOARD

GENERAL

Sec.


199.1.    Definitions.
199.2.    Application of act.
199.3.    Appeal procedure.

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD


199.11.    Board chairperson.
199.12.    Temporary chairperson.
199.13.    Meeting schedule.

BASIC EDUCATION COURSE


199.21.    General requirement.
199.22.    Basic Education Course costs.
199.23.    Postponement for just cause.
199.24.    Exemption for qualified forensic pathologists.
199.25.    Exemptions for licensed professionals.
199.26.    Eligibility for certification.
199.27.    Failure of coroner to attend Basic Education Course or to pass examination.
199.28.    Failure of chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy coroner to attend Basic Education Course or pass examination.
199.29.    Appointees’ basic education requirement.
199.30.    Appointments made more than 6 months prior to course.

CONTINUING EDUCATION


199.41.    Continuing education.
199.42.    Approval of course for continuing education credit.
199.43.    Standards for course approval.
199.44.    Approval by chairperson.
199.45.    Board ratification.
199.46.    Approval by simple majority.
199.47.    Unit of credit.
199.48.    Continuing education for persons required to attend Basic Education Course.
199.49.    Failure of coroner to meet continuing education requirements.
199.50.    Failure of chief deputy coroner or full-timer deputy coroner to meet continuing education requirements.
199.51.    Requirements for reappointees to vacancies.

RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATION PROVIDERS


199.61.    Statement of Board approval.
199.62.    Verification of attendance.
199.63.    Certificate of attendance.
199.64.    Notification to Board.

REGISTRATION OF CORONERS AND DEPUTIES


199.71.    Board to maintain current list.
199.72.    Coroners’ duty to notify Board.

Authority

   The provisions of this Chapter 199 issued under section 6 of the act of March 2, 1988 (P. L. 108, No. 22) (16 P. S. §  9525.6); and section 506 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  186), unless otherwise noted.

Source

   The provisions of this Chapter 199 adopted June 15, 2001, effective June 16, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 3191, unless otherwise noted.

GENERAL


§ 199.1. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Act—The Act of March 2, 1988 (P. L. No. 1988—No. 22) (16 P. S. § §  9525.1—9525.6).

   Basic Education Course—The course of instruction required by the act to be given to coroners upon their first election to office and to chief deputy and full-time deputy coroners upon first being appointed to either position.

   Board—The Coroners’ Education Board.

   Certification—Documentation issued by the Board indicating that education requirements have been met.

   Continuing education—Yearly educational requirement mandated by the act for every coroner, chief deputy coroner and full-time deputy coroner.

   Examination—The examination given at the conclusion of the Basic Education Course.

   Full-time deputy coroner—An individual employed by a county and deemed by the county to be ‘‘full-time.’’

   Just-cause—Instances such as job-related emergencies, or illness or accident suffered either by a person required to meet basic education requirements or by the person’s immediate family or death of the person’s immediate family member or in instances when an appointment to fill a vacancy occurs prior to the next scheduled Basic Education Course.

§ 199.2. Application of act.

 Coroners, whether elected or appointed, and their deputies, are subject to the act and of this chapter.

§ 199.3. Appeal procedure.

 A coroner or deputy aggrieved by a decision of the Board has the right to appeal in accordance with 2 Pa.C.S. (relating to administrative law and procedure).

ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD


§ 199.11. Board chairperson.

 The Board members will elect a chairperson from the Board membership at the first regularly scheduled meeting of each calendar year.

§ 199.12. Temporary chairperson.

 In the absence of the elected chairperson, any Board member may serve as temporary chairperson with the approval of a majority of the Board members present.

§ 199.13. Meeting schedule.

 The Board will schedule six regular meetings per calendar year, with the meeting dates to be set at or before the first meeting of the calendar year.

BASIC EDUCATION COURSE


§ 199.21. General requirement.

 Newly elected coroners and newly appointed chief deputy and full-time deputy coroners shall attend the Basic Education Course and pass the examination.

   (1)  The Basic Education Course is a minimum 32 hours of instruction given between the date of each municipal election and December 31 of that year.

   (2)  The course of instruction includes subjects such crime-scene investigation, toxicology, forensic autopsies and the legal duties of a coroner.

   (3)  A written examination is given at the conclusion of the course.

Cross References

   This section cited in 37 Pa. Code §  199.25 (relating to exemptions for licensed professionals).

§ 199.22. Basic Education Course costs.

 Costs for those persons statutorily required to attend the Basic Education Course will be the minimum necessary to pay the cost of instruction, required course materials, and room and board. A schedule of cost options to attend the Basic Education Course is available upon request from the Board.

§ 199.23. Postponement for just cause.

 The determination of the existence of just cause to postpone attendance at the Basic Education Course or completion of the examination, will be at the discretion of the Board. The person seeking exemption bears the responsibility of initiating contact with the Board within 30 days of the event asserted as just cause.

§ 199.24. Exemption for qualified forensic pathologists.

 A licensed forensic pathologist may be exempt from the requirement of attendance at the Basic Education Course and completion of the examination. The Board will determine eligibility for exemption. Based upon the applicant’s ability to demonstrate active, current involvement in the practice of forensic pathology.

Cross References

   This section cited in 37 Pa. Code §  199.25 (relating to exemptions for licensed professionals).

§ 199.25. Exemptions for licensed professionals.

 With the exception of §  199.24 (relating to exemption for qualified forensic pathologists), exemptions from §  199.21 (relating to general requirement) will not be permitted based on other types of education or experience.

§ 199.26. Eligibility for certification.

 (a)  Persons statutorily required to complete the Basic Education Course and pass the examination will receive certification from the Board.

 (b)  Persons who are under no statutory obligation to do so, but who register for the Basic Education Course through the Board, attend the course and pass the examination, will receive certification. Certification will expire in 1 year, unless the Board receives evidence of yearly compliance with the continuing education requirement.

§ 199.27. Failure of coroner to attend Basic Education Course or to pass examination.

 When a person elected for the first time to the office of coroner fails to attend the Basic Education Course and pass the examination, the Board will notify the Governor, following the last Board meeting of the year, unless the Board has postponed compliance for just cause.

§ 199.28. Failure of chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy coroner to attend Basic Education Course or pass examination.

 When a chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy coroner fails to attend the Basic Education Course and pass the examination, the Board will notify the coroner of the appropriate county and the county commissioners or county executive, as appropriate, unless the Board has postponed compliance for just cause. The notification will be made in writing within 30 days of the examination.

§ 199.29. Appointees’ basic education requirement.

 A person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of coroner who has never taken the Basic Education Course and passed the examination shall attend the next scheduled course and pass the examination given at its conclusion. The failure to meet the basic education requirement will result in a vacancy in the office.

§ 199.30. Appointments made more than 6 months prior to course.

 When a chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy is appointed more than 6 months before the next scheduled Basic Education Course, the coroner making the appointment shall apply to the Board for an extension of time in which the deputy may take the required course.

CONTINUING EDUCATION


§ 199.41. Continuing education.

 Coroners and deputy coroners are required to obtain a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education credits in each calendar year. Continuing education credits are to be obtained in subject areas relevant to the statutorily defined duties of coroners and deputy coroners.

§ 199.42. Approval of course for continuing education credit.

 Persons seeking to have a course approved for continuing education credit shall submit a course approval application form to the chairperson of the Board at least 90 days prior to the date of instruction. Approval will not be given retroactively.

§ 199.43. Standards for course approval.

 In evaluating the suitability of a course proposed for continuing education credit, the chairperson and the Board shall consider factors such as the relevancy of the course content to the duties of the coroner and the qualifications of the course instructors, including education and experience in the subject matter of the course.

§ 199.44. Approval by chairperson.

 The chairperson of the Board has the right to approve courses for continuing education credits subject to ratification by the Board.

§ 199.45. Board ratification.

 Continuing education courses approved by the chairperson of the Board will be proposed for Board ratification at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.

§ 199.46. Approval by simple majority.

 Concurrence by a simple majority of the Board is needed to ratify the chairperson’s approval of a course for continuing education.

§ 199.47. Unit of credit.

 (a)  Attendees at approved continuing education courses will be granted 1 hour of continuing education credit for 1 hour of instruction. Credit in excess of 8 hours will not be given.

 (b)  Teachers at an approved continuing education course will be granted 1 hour of continuing education credit for each hour of instruction. Credit in excess of 8 hours will not be given.

§ 199.48. Continuing education for persons required to attend Basic Education Course.

 Within the first year of election or appointment, persons required to complete the Basic Education Course shall also obtain 8 hours of continuing education.

§ 199.49. Failure of coroner to meet continuing education requirements.

 When a person holding the office of coroner fails to meet yearly continuing education requirements, the Board will notify the Governor, in writing, following the last Board meeting of the calendar year.

§ 199.50. Failure of chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy coroner to meet continuing education requirements.

 When a chief deputy coroner or full-time deputy coroner fails to meet yearly continuing education requirements, the Board will notify the coroner of the proper county and the county commissioners or county executive, as appropriate. The notification will be made in writing following the last Board meeting of the year.

§ 199.51. Requirements for reappointees to vacancies.

 If a coroner reappoints a chief deputy or full-time deputy to a vacancy created by that individual’s failure to meet the yearly continuing education requirement, the Board will deem that individual to be newly appointed and subject to §  199.21 (relating to general requirement).

RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATION PROVIDERS


§ 199.61. Statement of Board approval.

 Course providers may not represent that a course has been approved for continuing education requirements unless written authorization has been received from the Board.

§ 199.62. Verification of attendance.

 Course providers are responsible for taking attendance, verifying attendance upon Board request and notifying course attendees of approved hours of credit.

§ 199.63. Certificate of attendance.

 Course providers are responsible for providing a written certificate of attendance to the attendee indicating course title and date, the name of course provider and the number of hours of approved credit earned.

§ 199.64. Notification to Board.

 Course providers shall submit to the Board a list of all course attendees with the number of credit hours earned, within 60 days of completion of the course.

REGISTRATION OF CORONERS AND DEPUTIES


§ 199.71. Board to maintain current list.

 The Board will maintain a list of all currently elected coroners.

§ 199.72. Coroners’ duty to notify Board.

 Coroners shall provide the Board with the names of all chief deputy coroners and full-time deputy coroners within 30 days of their appointment. Coroners shall notify the Board within 30 days of the departure of chief deputy and full-time deputy coroners. Notification shall be made in writing addressed to Chairperson, Coroners’ Education Board, c/o Office of Attorney General, 16th Floor Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120.



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