WSR 04-11-096

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Occupational Therapy)

[ Filed May 19, 2004, 8:32 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-847-080 Examinations and 246-847-115 Limited permits.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.59.130.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination is required for occupational therapy licensure. The board needs to update the rules to reflect changes to exam procedures. Amendments to WAC 246-847-080 are necessary to clarify changes in testing. Current rule outlines a testing system that is no longer used. WAC 246-847-115 current language is associated with the previous testing schedule. It is no longer valid because the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy implemented on-line testing in 2003. These changes will assure the rules reflect current exam requirements and procedures. This will provide clearer updated language in the rules for practitioners.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Department of Health, Jennifer Bressi, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, (360) 236-4806, fax (360) 664-9077.

April 19, 2004

Jennifer Bressi

Program Manager

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