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 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 is proposing several rule changes regarding the variety of course types and adjusting hourly limits for continuing education (CE) for licensed optometrists in WAC 246-851-090, 246-851-125, 246-851-140, 246-851-150, 246-851-155, 246-851-170, and 246-851-230.

Health equity continuing education for optometrists.

The board is proposing new section, WAC 246-851-225, to establish health equity continuing education (CE) to implement Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5229 (chapter 276, Laws 2021).

Updating rules about the health profession monitoring program for the optometry profession.

WAC 246-851-440 through 246-851-470. The board is proposing amendments to update terms and make technical corrections regarding the health professional monitoring program terminology to update language changes made by Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5496 (chapter 43, Laws of 2022).

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