Massachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½, commonly referred to as Christian’s Law, was enacted on July 12, 2012 and went into effect on October 16, 2012.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health [Department] is currently in the process of finalizing new regulations 105 CMR 432.000 “Minimum Requirements for Personal Flotation Devices for Minor Children at Municipal and Recreational Programs or Camps” to implement requirements in the law to have a system in place for having Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) available to non-swimmers and at-risk swimmers at municipal and recreational programs and camps.

The Department is currently scheduled to present the final regulations to the Public Health Council in August.  While the provisions will be promulgated before the end of this summer, they will not go into effect until summer of 2015.

Please continue to follow the “Christian’s Law” guidance provided by the Department last summer.   A slightly revised 2014 guidance document, a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document, two (2) swim test course descriptions and access to a new 2014 Department and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Fit Test” training video can be found below.

MDPH video for Christian's Law 


This information is provided by the Community Sanitation Program within the Department of Public Health.