RCWs and WACs
A statute or Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is written by the Washington State Legislature. Once legislation is signed by the governor, it becomes law.
The website for RCWs is a searchable database online. You may also access the state government website. If you're interested in getting a copy of any RCW, contact your local public library.
The RCW and WAC that directly relate to psychology:
Revised Code of Washington: RCW Chapter 18.83
Washington Administrative Code: WAC 246-924
Other Relevant RCWs are:
- Chapter 18.130 RCW – Regulation of Health Professions - Uniform Disciplinary Act
- RCW 26.44.030 – Abuse of Children and Adult Dependent Persons
- Chapter 70.02 RCW – Medical Records-Health Care Information Access and Disclosure
- Chapter 74.34 RCW – Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
A rule or Washington Administrative Code (WAC) is written to provide interpretive support for the individuals or entities to whom the rule applies. Department of Health rules are written and adopted by a board or commission, or the secretary of the Department of Health. Rules or WACs carry the full force of the law.
WACs are available on the state government website.
The WACs that relate to:
- Chapter 246-12 WAC – Administrative Procedures and Requirements for Credentialed Health Care Providers
- Chapter 246-15 WAC – Whistleblower Complaints in Health Care Settings
- Chapter 246-16 WAC – Standards of Professional Conduct