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.
Current rules in progress
Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) fees and renewal cycle
The Department of Health is considering establishing new section WAC 246-828-991 to implement House Bill 101 (chapter 53, Laws of 2023), which establishes the ASLP-IC and gives member states the discretion to charge a fee for granting compact privileges.
Health Equity Continuing Education
The Board of Hearing and Speech (board) is considering amendments to WAC 246-828-510 (continuing education) and creating new sections to chapter 246-828 WAC to adopt the health equity continuing education (CE) model rules, WAC 246-12-800 through 246-12-830, and to consider whether additional CE hours and course topics should be included.
Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
The board is considering amending WAC 246-828-100 (Hearing instruments fitting and dispensing – Minimum standards of practice) to be consistent with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized rule regarding the sale of over the counter (OTC) hearing aids. The board may also consider clarifying or technical changes as needed.