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Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing Prescribing of Opioids and Buprenorphine [18 VAC 85 ‑ 21]
Initial regulations
Action 4760 / Stage 7967
Emergency/NOIRA Stage  
red ball Emergency Text 8/22/2017  10:57 am  
pdf Agency Statement 6/29/2017    
pdf Attorney General Certification 8/7/2017    
red ball Governor's Approval Memo 8/24/2017   

Public Hearing Will be held at the proposed stage
Emergency Authority 2.2-4011
Exempt from APA No, this stage/action is subject to article 2 of the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Attorney General Review Submitted to OAG: 6/29/2017
Review Completed: 8/7/2017
Result: Certified
DPB Review Submitted on 8/7/2017
Review Completed: 8/17/2017
DPB's policy memo is "Governor's Confidential Working Papers"
Secretary Review Secretary of Health and Human Resources Review Completed: 8/24/2017
Governor's Review Review Completed: 8/24/2017
Result: Approved
Virginia Registrar Submitted on 8/24/2017
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Publication Date: 9/18/2017    Volume: 34  Issue: 2
Comment Period Ended 10/18/2017
Effective Date 8/24/2017
Expiration Date 9/14/2018
Contact Information
Name / Title: William L. Harp, M.D.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4558    FAX: (804)527-4429    TDD: ()-
This person is the primary contact for this board.

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Action 4760:
Initial regulations
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage Type Status
Emergency/NOIRA   (7835) Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 9/14/2018.
Emergency/NOIRA   (7967) Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 9/14/2018.
Proposed   (7981) Stage complete. Comment period ended 1/26/2018.
Final   (8216) Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/8/2018.
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