09.14.04.13

.13 Blood Tests.

A. In compliance with the blood testing requirements of Business Regulation Article, §4-304.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, a blood sample from an individual desiring to participate in a boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts contest shall be:

(1) Taken by a physician, phlebotomist, or other qualified health care provider chosen by the individual; and

(2) Analyzed by a medical laboratory, certified in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act, 42 U.S.C. §263(a), for the presence of:

(a) Antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and

(b) The antigen of virus hepatitis B.

B. Only blood tests with negative results shall be submitted to the Commission.

C. The required negative blood tests:

(1) Shall be submitted to the Commission by an applicant for licensure as a contestant, a contestant, or an authorized representative of the applicant or contestant; and

(2) May not be submitted by the person taking the blood sample, the medical laboratory testing the blood sample, or any other person.

D. The required negative blood tests shall:

(1) Have been performed within 30 days of the individual's application for a license; and

(2) Except as provided in §E of this regulation, be submitted to the Commission:

(a) At the time the application is submitted to the Commission, or

(b) Not later than the weigh-in for the first contest in which the contestant is to participate following the submittal of the application.

E. The Commission, in its discretion, may extend the time for the submittal of the required negative blood tests to a time immediately before the contestant's first contest following the issuance of a license.

F. To constitute documentary evidence satisfactory to the Commission, the negative test results from the medical laboratory shall be:

(1) On the medical laboratory's letterhead; and

(2) Signed by an authorized representative of the medical laboratory.

G. In addition to submitting the required negative blood tests before a contestant's first contest following the submittal of an application for licensure, a contestant is required to submit the required negative blood tests if:

(1) The contestant previously tested positive for the antibodies to HIV or the antigens of virus hepatitis B; or

(2) The Commission has reasonable cause to believe that the testing of the contestant's blood may not result in a negative test for the presence of the antibodies to HIV or the antigens of virus hepatitis B.