Oregon Statutes - Chapter 830 - Small Watercraft - Section 830.535 - Criteria for chemical analyses.

(1) A chemical analysis is valid under ORS 830.505, 830.520 or 830.525 if:

(a) It is an analysis of a personís blood for alcohol content and is performed in:

(A) A laboratory certified or accredited under 42 C.F.R. part 493 and approved for toxicology testing;

(B) A laboratory licensed under ORS 438.110 and approved for toxicology testing; or

(C) A forensic laboratory established by the Department of State Police under ORS 181.080 that is accredited by a national forensic accrediting organization.

(b) It is an analysis of a personís breath and is performed by an individual possessing a valid permit to perform chemical analyses issued by the Department of State Police under ORS 813.160 or by the State Marine Board under the provisions of this section. Chemical analyses must be performed according to methods approved by the Department of State Police under ORS 813.160 or approved by the board under this section. For purposes of this section, the board shall do all of the following:

(A) Approve methods of performing chemical analyses of a personís breath.

(B) Prepare manuals and conduct courses throughout the state for the training of peace officers in chemical analyses of a personís breath, which courses shall include, but are not limited to, approved methods of chemical analyses, use of approved equipment and interpretation of test results together with a written examination on these subjects.

(C) Test and certify the accuracy of equipment to be used by peace officers for chemical analyses of a personís breath before regular use of the equipment and periodically thereafter at intervals of not more than 90 days. Tests and certification required by this subparagraph must be conducted by trained technicians.

(D) Ascertain the qualifications and competence of individuals to conduct chemical analyses in accordance with one or more methods approved by the board or by the Department of State Police under ORS 813.160.

(E) Issue permits to individuals according to their qualifications. Permits may be issued to peace officers only upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed training course and written examination. A permit must state the methods and equipment that the peace officer is qualified to use. Permits are subject to termination or revocation at the discretion of the board.

(2) In conducting a chemical test of the blood, only a duly licensed physician or a person acting under the direction or control of a duly licensed physician may withdraw blood or pierce human tissue. A licensed physician, or a qualified person acting under the direction or control of a duly licensed physician, is not civilly liable for withdrawing any bodily substance, in a medically acceptable manner, at the request of a peace officer.

(3) An individual who performs a chemical analysis of breath or blood under ORS 830.505, 830.520 or 830.525 shall prepare and sign a written report of the findings of the test. A test administered at the request of a peace officer must include the identification of the peace officer upon whose request the test was administered.

(4) Any individual having custody of the report mentioned in subsection (3) of this section shall, upon request of the person tested, furnish a copy of the report to that person or that personís attorney.

(5) The expense of conducting a chemical test as provided by ORS 830.505 or 830.520 must be paid by the governmental units on whose equipment the test is conducted or by the governmental units upon whose request the test was administered if no governmental unitís equipment is used to conduct the test. [1991 c.931 §11; 2003 c.19 §2]

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