PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-102 WAC, Cancer registry.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.54.230, 70.54.240, 70.54.250, 70.54.260, 70.54.270.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Cancer Registries Amendment Act in 42 U.S.C. 280(e) requires that states receiving federal funds establish regulations to meet reporting requirements. The department must update the current rules in order to stay in compliance with the current federal regulations and standards and to maintain funding. The purpose of the rule making is to update, clarify and describe activities and responsibilities of the state cancer registry and reporting responsibilities for health care professionals and reporting entities.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) via: Public Law 102-515 and 107-260. NPCR issues program standards that state registries are expected to comply with.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by providing comments via the Department of Health web site or by contacting Kathryn (Katie) Golub, Program Manager, Washington State Cancer Registry, Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47855, Tumwater, WA 98504-7855, phone (360) 236-3624, fax (360) 586-2714, e-mail Kathryn.Golub@doh.wa.gov.
July 22, 2009
Mary C. Selecky