WSR 09-13-106

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Veterinary Board of Governors)

[ Filed June 17, 2009, 11:42 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-935-XXX, adding a new section to define nondiscretionary functions used in preparation and administration of legend drugs, nonlegend drugs and controlled substances associated with the practice of veterinary medicine which may be delegated to a licensed veterinary technician by a licensed veterinarian.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.92.030 and SHB 1271 (chapter 136, Laws of 2009).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 2009 legislation enacted SHB 1271 which allows a licensed veterinarian to delegate to a licensed veterinary technician certain nondiscretionary functions used in the preparing of legend drugs, nonlegend drugs and controlled substances associated with the practice of veterinary medicine. These nondiscretionary functions are to be defined by the veterinary board of governors. The bill also authorizes a licensed veterinary technician to administer legend drugs and controlled substances. Developing standards to define specific nondiscretionary functions will provide the public with assurance that authorized drugs are being prepared and administered under appropriate supervision.

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. Interested persons can participate in the development of new rules by attending stakeholder meetings, providing comments on proposed language which will be sent to interested persons through Listserv and by regular mail. Send written comments to Judy Haenke, Program Manager, phone (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 236-2901, or e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

June 17, 2009

Bart Eggen

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office