Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians
Public Participation Guidelines [18 VAC 80 ‑ 11]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Amendment of PPGs Due to Merger With Board for Opticians
Action 3722
General Information
Action Summary After a comprehensive review across state government, Governor McDonnell’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring recommended the merger of the Board for Opticians with the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists. At its 2012 Session, the General Assembly passed legislation endorsing the proposal to merge the Board for Opticians with the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists, and Governor McDonnell signed the bills (HB 1291 and SB 678 – Chapter 803 of the Acts of Assembly). By statute, effective July 1, 2012, these two boards will become one. Therefore, the Public Participation Guidelines (PPGs) for the Board for Hearing Aid Specialists must be amended to reflect the new board name and will remain in effect for the newly merged board as the PPGs for the Board for Opticians will be repealed.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: Subsection A.4.a of Section 2.2-4006 of the Code of Virginia
RIS Project Yes  [003266]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6224 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/15/2012.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.