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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing Prescribing of Opioids and Buprenorphine [18 VAC 85 ‑ 21]
Initial regulations
General Information
Action Summary This action is in response to a public health emergency in deaths from overdoses and to a legislative mandate to promulgate regulations for prescribing of opioids and buprenorphine.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is not exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review.
RIS Project Yes  [005033]
Associated Mandates Prescribing of opioids and buprenorphine
Note This action is not intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7835 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 9/14/2018.
7967 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 9/14/2018.
7981 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 1/26/2018.
8216 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/8/2018.
Contact Information
Name / Title: William L. Harp, M.D.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4558    FAX: (804)527-4429    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.