Date Published

September 29, 2016

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: Can a PCP, certified AEMCA in good standing with their Base Hospital, administer symptom relief medication while off duty? We know that some medics carry their own first aid kit in their car and that some services support this.


 This question comes up from time to time and is confusing to a lot of people. The Base Hospital certifies a paramedic to undertake medical acts based on their training AND on their employment by an ambulance service. The certification is to perform delegated medical acts while working for an ambulance service. It is not a registration or a license to perform the acts independently at other times or in other circumstances. Therefore, a paramedic is not certified by the Base Hospital to perform medical acts when they are off duty, volunteering, or working privately at events such as a sporting event or concert.



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