Statutory Waiting Period Chart

Oregon Washington Vermont Colorado
Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days
Prescription-related Waiting period 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. None. Effective April 2022, S.74 eliminated the prescription-related waiting period. None
Waiver of 1st, 2nd, or Prescription-Related Waiting Period if Patient Unlikely to Survive Yes. A patient is exempt from any waiting period that exceeds their life expectancy. No No No
Statutory Description of Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician no less than 15 days after making the initial oral request.” Oregon Attending Physician’s Compliance form, states the second request “[m]ust be 15 days or more after the first oral request unless patient is exempt.” “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician at least 15 days after making the initial oral request.” The Washington Attending Physician’s Compliance form states the second oral request “[m]ust be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.” A patient “made an oral request to the physician” and “[n]o fewer than 15 days after the first oral request, the patient makes a second oral request to the physician. “[A qualified individual] must make 2 oral requests, separated by at least 15 days, and a valid written request to his or her attending physician.” The Colorado Attending/Prescribing Physician form states the second request “must be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.”
Example of Time Period Based on Waiting Period Description 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later.

NOTE: Medical aid in dying was authorized in Montana through a court case, not through legislation or ballot measure. Therefore, there is no statutory or specified waiting period in Montana.

Oregon Washington Vermont Colorado
Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days
Prescription-related Waiting period 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. None. Effective April 2022, S.74 eliminated the prescription-related waiting period. None
Waiver of 1st, 2nd, or Prescription-Related Waiting Period if Patient Unlikely to Survive Yes. A patient is exempt from any waiting period that exceeds their life expectancy. No No No
Statutory Description of Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician no less than 15 days after making the initial oral request.” Oregon Attending Physician’s Compliance form, states the second request “[m]ust be 15 days or more after the first oral request unless patient is exempt.” “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician at least 15 days after making the initial oral request.” The Washington Attending Physician’s Compliance form states the second oral request “[m]ust be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.” A patient “made an oral request to the physician” and “[n]o fewer than 15 days after the first oral request, the patient makes a second oral request to the physician. “[A qualified individual] must make 2 oral requests, separated by at least 15 days, and a valid written request to his or her attending physician.” The Colorado Attending/Prescribing Physician form states the second request “must be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.”
Example of Time Period Based on Waiting Period Description 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later.
Oregon Washington Vermont Colorado
Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days 15 Days
Prescription-related Waiting period 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. 48 hours or more between the patient’s written request and the writing of a prescription. None. Effective April 2022, S.74 eliminated the prescription-related waiting period. None
Waiver of 1st, 2nd, or Prescription-Related Waiting Period if Patient Unlikely to Survive Yes. A patient is exempt from any waiting period that exceeds their life expectancy. No No No
Statutory Description of Waiting Period Between 1st and 2nd Oral Requests “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician no less than 15 days after making the initial oral request.” Oregon Attending Physician’s Compliance form, states the second request “[m]ust be 15 days or more after the first oral request unless patient is exempt.” “[A] qualified patient shall have made an oral request and a written request, and reiterate the oral request to his or her attending physician at least 15 days after making the initial oral request.” The Washington Attending Physician’s Compliance form states the second oral request “[m]ust be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.” A patient “made an oral request to the physician” and “[n]o fewer than 15 days after the first oral request, the patient makes a second oral request to the physician. “[A qualified individual] must make 2 oral requests, separated by at least 15 days, and a valid written request to his or her attending physician.” The Colorado Attending/Prescribing Physician form states the second request “must be made 15 days or more after the first oral request.”
Example of Time Period Based on Waiting Period Description 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later. 1st request on June 1st and 2nd request on June 16th or later.
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