6. a. The commissioner shall establish the Children's Sudden Cardiac Events Review Board in the department.
(1)The purpose of the board shall be to review and evaluate the information reported to the department pursuant to this act, and to study any other data, which the board shall seek and as may be made available to it to supplement the reported information, with respect to children diagnosed with cardiac conditions or reported to have had a sudden cardiac event in this State.
(2)The board shall make note of such factors as the age, gender, and ethnicity of each child, and the location of each sudden cardiac event, in its review of any information received by the board.
(3)The board may share its findings with other recognized entities that collect nationwide data on sudden cardiac events, except that the board shall not disclose to any person or entity outside the department any information that could be used to identify a child.
b.The board shall consist of 11 members as follows:
(1)the commissioner and the Commissioners of Children and Families and Education, or their designees, who shall serve ex officio; and
(2)eight public members to be appointed by the commissioner as follows: one person who represents the American Heart Association; one person who represents the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter; one person who represents the American College of Cardiology; one person who represents the New Jersey State School Nurses Association; one person who represents the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association; one person who represents the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association; one person who represents the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey; and one person who represents the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.
c.The public members of the board shall serve for a term of three years, except that of the public members first appointed, four shall serve for a term of two years, and four shall serve for a term of three years. The public members shall serve without compensation but shall be eligible for reimbursement for the necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties, within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available for this purpose. Vacancies in the membership of the board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments were made.
d.The public members shall select from among themselves an individual to serve as chairperson of the board, who shall be responsible for the coordination of all activities of the board and shall provide the technical assistance needed to execute the duties of the board.
e.The board shall be entitled to call to its assistance and avail itself of the services of employees of any State, county, or municipal department, board, bureau, commission, or agency as it may require and as may be available for the purposes of carrying out its responsibilities.