WSR 10-12-055



(Board of Optometry)

[ Filed May 27, 2010, 10:53 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-851-570 Certification required for use or prescription of drugs administered orally for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, 246-851-500 Credentialing by endorsement, and 246-851-600 Certification required for administration of epinephrine by injection for treatment of anaphylactic shock. The board of optometry is considering rules to allow for endorsement of training if a licensee holds an active unrestricted license in another state with substantially equivalent standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.54.070(2) and 18.53.010.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 18.53.010 requires that all optometrists in Washington state provide evidence of certification to use oral drugs and epinephrine by injection for anaphylactic shock by January 1, 2011. The purpose of this rule is to allow consideration of practice at substantially equivalent standards in other states as meeting the certification requirements for optometrists currently licensed in Washington.

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 sending written comments to Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, or Interested persons can participate in the development of new rules by attending stakeholder meetings, and providing comments on proposed language which will be sent to interested persons through listserv.

May 27, 2010

Bart Eggen

Executive Director

Board of Optometry

Washington State Code Reviser's Office