Colorado was the first state in the nation to pass into law the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA), which will help facilitate legal interstate movement of credentialed EMS providers. Fourteen states have enacted legislation and joined the compact: Colorado, Texas, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Delaware, Nebraska and South Carolina.
Benefits of the compact include providing a framework, under authorized circumstances, for day to day movement across state lines by eliminating the need for dual or multiple certifications, facilitating cross-state responses to large-scale emergencies such as fires and floods, and ensuring consistent screening and standards between member states such as background checks and National Registry competencies.
The compact’s commission had its first meeting in October 2017, and upcoming meetings have already been scheduled. The commission is primarily focused on creating rules, policies and procedures related to cross-border practice for EMS Providers.