WSR 98-08-114

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

[Filed April 1, 1998, 11:53 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Respiratory care practitioners, repeal in its entirety all rules under chapter 246-928 WAC. Create and establish entirely new sections of chapter 246-928 WAC

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: The law relating to respiratory care practitioners, RCW 18.89.050 and the Department of Health's general rule-making authority, chapter 34.05 RCW

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 1997 legislation mandates changes to chapter 18.89 RCW. Under the new statute, licensure replaces the previous requirement of certification. The scope of practice is expanded and revised. Educational requirements for licensure are changed from one year to two years. Repealing chapter 246-928 WAC in its entirety and establishing new sections of chapter 246-928 WAC aids the Department of Health in determining the need for each rule, effectiveness and efficiency, clarity, intent and statutory authority, consultation and coordination with other governmental jurisdictions and state agencies with similar regulatory authority, cost, and fairness

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None

Process for Developing New Rule: Involve the public from the respiratory care practitioners program interested parties list, respiratory care professionals, and Respiratory Care Society of Washington, in the rules development, writing and process through workshop(s)

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Tracy A. Hansen, Program Manager, 1300 S. E. Quince Street, P.O. Box 47870, Olympia, WA 98504-7870, phone (360) 586-8437, FAX (360) 586-0745

April 1, 1998

Bruce Miyahara

Secretary

Legislature Code Reviser 

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Washington State Code Reviser's Office