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Certified Epinephrine Administrators (EPAs)

Every school is required to have at least two Certified Epinephrine Administrators (EPAs) trained in the administration of designated and undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors during an anaphylactic emergency.

Whenever an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector is used, EPAs must notify the school Epinephrine Liaison and provide all the details required to complete an incident report. Schools may choose to have more than two EPAs.

In an effort to increase the number of staff prepared to respond to anaphylactic reaction, the school nurse or licensed health practitioner assigned to the school by the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) may not count toward the requirement of two certified staff.

EPAs must complete an annual certification training. Individuals who complete DC Health’s “Administration of Medication Training” (AOM) are certified to administer designated and undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors in emergency circumstances for one year. Although the AOM certificates are valid for three years, AOM-certified staff are required to take OSSE’s Epinephrine Administration Training annually if they wish to remain as one of their school’s designated personnel for administration of epinephrine.

Please complete the registration form to sign up for a live virtual training or an on-demand training.

The upcoming trainings will be held virtually on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 16 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20 from 1 - 3 p.m.