WSR 15-07-066
(Podiatric Medical Board)
[Filed March 16, 2015, 2:51 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-922-600 Sexual misconduct, the podiatric medical board (board) is considering revising the rule to clarify what forcible or nonconsensual acts are within the definition of sexual misconduct by a podiatric physician.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.22.015, 18.130.062, and Executive Order 06-03.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board is considering updating the sexual misconduct rule to establish clearer standards of conduct for podiatric physicians. The board's experience with investigating and enforcing the current rule has raised the need to clarify what acts constitute sexual misconduct by podiatric physicians under the board's authority. Updating the sexual misconduct rule will establish clearer standards of conduct and will help the board be consistent in its enforcement activities to more fully comply with RCW 18.130.062 and Executive Order 06-03.
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 parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the board's listserv, attending workshops, and providing input on draft and proposed materials. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate by contacting Brett Cain, Program Manager, Podiatric Medical Board, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4766, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
March 16, 2015
Blake T. Maresh
Executive Director