Effective October 23, 2009, unlicensed personnel performing polysomnography became required to be registered with the Medical Board of California. These personnel are required to meet education requirements, successfully pass a competency exam, and undergo criminal background checks. California Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) are exempt from meeting any additional requirements.
The Board ensured there was clarification that licensed RCPs would not be required to meet any additional criteria or qualifications in order to legally and fully practice polysomnography in California. As a result, the author included the "letter of intent" below that was unanimously passed by the Legislature as part of this bill. On October 23, 2009, the Governor signed SB 132 which took effect immediately (Chapter 536, Statutes of 2009).