Optometrist - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

Changing the scope for optometrists.

The Board of Optometry is proposing to amend, establish new, and possibly repeal sections in chapter 246-851 WAC to implement Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5389 (chapter 400, laws of 2023), which expands the optometrist scope of practice to include certain advance procedures and establishes requirements for a license endorsement.

Continuing education

The Board of Optometry filed WSR 24-06-033 on February 28, 2024, a CR-101 (PDF), for chapter 24-851 WAC. The board is considering amendments to comply with Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1724 (chapter 425, Laws of 2023).

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