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

Suicide Prevention and HIV Prevention Training Requirements

The Board of Optometry has started the rule-making process (PDF) to add a one-time training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management and remove the licensure requirement to take a course in HIV prevention.

This rule making implements Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2411 Suicide Prevention (PDF) and clarifies rule language in accordance with ESHB 1551 (PDF), which repeals the requirement for optometrists and other health professionals to complete HIV education and training.

Recently adopted rules

Clarification on the Use of Adjuvant Analgesics (February 2019)
The Board of Optometry adopted rules to amend the drug list in WAC 246-851-580 and drug guidelines in WAC 246-851-590 to clarify the use of adjuvant analgesics, such as gabapentin and pregabalin, in the practice of optometry.

More agency rule resources