WSR 06-22-104

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Board of Optometry)

[ Filed November 1, 2006, 11:00 a.m. , effective December 2, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: These rules implement ESSB 5535, enacted by the 2006 legislature by directing all optometrists to complete required training to authorize full scope of practice by January 1, 2011. Full scope of practice includes topical, oral, and limited controlled substances prescriptive authority and administration of epinephrine by injection. The rules also authorize an inactive credential status for optometrists.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-851-490.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.54.070(2).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-16-116 on August 1, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: September 15, 2006.

Jeffrey B. Sutro, O.D.

Optometry Board Chair

OTS-8973.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-20-087, filed 10/1/96, effective 11/1/96)

WAC 246-851-490   Examination and licensure.   To qualify for licensure in this state a candidate must:

(1) Successfully complete Parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations; the Part III having been administered and successfully completed after January 1, 1993((;)).

(2) Applicants who completed the NBEO Part II examination prior to January 1, 1993, must successfully complete the International Association of Examiners in Optometry (IAB) examination in treatment and management of ocular disease((; and)).

(3) Successfully complete a jurisprudence questionnaire((; and)).

(4) Be a graduate of a state accredited high school or equivalent((; and)).

(5) Be a graduate of a school or college of optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association and approved by the Washington state board of optometry((; and)).

(6) Be of good moral character.

(7) Effective January 1, 2007, all applicants who receive their initial (first) license in Washington state must meet all the certification requirements of RCW 18.53.010 (2)(a), (b), (c), and (d).

(8) Effective January 1, 2009, all optometrists licensed in Washington state must be certified under RCW 18.53.010 (2)(a) and (b).

(9) Effective January 1, 2011, all optometrists licensed in Washington state must be certified under RCW 18.53.010 (2)(a), (b), (c), and (d).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070(2). 96-20-087, 246-851-490, filed 10/1/96, effective 11/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.54.070. 95-14-114, 246-851-490, filed 6/30/95, effective 7/31/95; 92-20-019 (Order 305B), 246-851-490, filed 9/25/92, effective 10/26/92; 92-06-030 (Order 248B), 246-851-490, filed 2/26/92, effective 3/28/92.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 246-851-540   Inactive credential.   (1) An optometrist may obtain an inactive credential. Refer to the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.

(2) To return to active practice from inactive practice, an optometrist must:

(a) Meet the requirements of RCW 18.53.010 (2)(a), (b), (c), and (d);

(b) Provide verification from all jurisdictions in which the applicant holds a license, whether active or inactive, indicating that the applicant is not subject to charges or disciplinary action for unprofessional conduct or impairment; and

(c) Meet the requirements of chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 4.

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