WSR 05-14-152

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed July 6, 2005, 9:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-836-XXX Education and training requirements for the use of controlled substances.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.36A.060 and HB 1546, chapter 158, Laws of 2005.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules are necessary to implement legislation (HB 1546, chapter 158, Laws of 2005) which passed during the 2005 legislative session. Rules adopted on this subject will enable naturopaths who meet specific education and training requirements to use codeine and testosterone products in treating patients.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Agency, a federal agency, are both involved with the regulation of this subject. The Board of Pharmacy will be participating in the development of the education and training requirements necessary for a naturopath to be allowed to prescribe the specified controlled substances.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule-making, public meetings and mailings to interested persons.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Holly Rawnsley, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47866, Olympia, WA 98504-7866, phone (360) 236-4941, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail Holly.Rawnsley@doh.wa.gov. Interested persons can participate through meetings and by submitting written comments.

July 5, 2005

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office