Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, and Chiropractic [18 VAC 85 ‑ 20]
Conversion therapy
Action 5412
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to specify in section 29 on practitioner responsibility that the standard of practice would prohibit a doctor from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient. Regulations would also define conversion therapy and specify that it does not include counseling or therapy that provides assistance to a person undergoing gender transition or counseling or therapy that provides acceptance, support, and understanding. The goal is to align regulations of the Board with the stated policies and ethics for the professions.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006216]
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
8797 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/30/2020.
9121 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/16/2021.
9309 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/02/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: William L. Harp, M.D.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4621    FAX: (804)527-4429    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.