WSR 05-01-097

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Medical Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed December 14, 2004, 8:52 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-919-XXX Oversight of use of lasers in skin care and treatment.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.71.017 and 18.130.050(12).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Medical Commission is aware of many physicians inappropriately delegating to untrained personnel the use of lasers for skin care or treatment. The Medical Commission is concerned about the potential for high-risk complications caused by lasers when used by those who have not had the appropriate training. Several states have created rules regarding the supervision of personnel using lasers.

Process for Developing New Rule: Public workgroups, the commission will conduct public workshops in three areas throughout Washington in order to allow interested persons to participate in the development of the language for these rules. Notification of the meetings will be sent to those individuals and organizations who have requested to be notified of any rule-making process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Beverly A. Thomas, Program Manager, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 9804 [98504], fax (360) 236-4768, phone (360) 236-4788, e-mail beverly.thomas@doh.wa.gov.

November 8, 2004

Maryella E. Jansen

Acting Executive Director

Legislature Code Reviser 

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