WSR 16-16-069
[Filed July 28, 2016, 9:55 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New WAC 246-907-0301 Pharmacy assistant fees and renewal cycle, proposing application and renewal fees for pharmacy assistants to implement SB 5549 (chapter 4, Laws of 2016).
Hearing Location(s): Department of Health, Town Center 2, 111 Israel Road, Room 158, Tumwater, WA 98501, on September 8, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 28, 2016.
Submit Written Comments to: Megan Mikkelsen, P.O. Box 47850, Olympia, WA 98504-7850, e-mail, fax (360) 236-4626, by September 8, 2016.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Megan Mikkelsen by September 1, 2016, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: SB 5549 authorizes the department to charge an individual registration fee for pharmacy assistants, and placed pharmacy assistants under the Uniform Disciplinary Act. The department already credentials registered pharmacy assistants but does not charge a fee for the individual registration. Currently, the department must use licensing fees of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies to cover the costs of regulating pharmacy assistants. Revenue is needed to cover the costs of credentialing and regulating the pharmacy assistant profession
Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 43.70.250 requires the cost of each licensing program to be fully borne by the profession's members and licensing fees to be based on the licensing program's costs. The proposed fees are intended to cover the average costs of credentialing, discipline and other costs for registered pharmacy assistants and makes registration annual instead of every two years. This change in frequency is intended to reduce the burden on pharmacy assistants or employers that pay the registration fee.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.70.250.
Statute Being Implemented: SB 5549 (chapter 4, Laws of 2016).
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Megan Mikkelsen, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4617; and Implementation and Enforcement: Steve Saxe, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-3903.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Under RCW 19.85.025 and 34.05.310 (4)(f), a small business economic impact statement is not required for proposed rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The agency did not complete a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328. RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(vi) exempts rules that set or adjust fees or rates pursuant to legislative standards.
July 28, 2016
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
WAC 246-907-0301 Pharmacy assistant licensing periods and feesFees and renewal cycle.
(1) Pharmacy assistant registrations must be renewed every year on the practitioner's birthday as provided in chapter 246-12 WAC, Part 2.
(2) The following nonrefundable fees will be charged for pharmacy assistants:
Original fee
Renewal fee
Late renewal penalty
Expired license reissuance
Duplicate credential
Verification of credential