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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

Opticians Regulations [18 VAC 80 ‑ 30]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Regulations establishing entry requirements and standards of conduct for opticians
State Authority Title 54.1, Chapter 17
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by regulating the optician profession in the least burdesome, costly and intrusive manner to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.
Meetings See all meetings (1) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Stephen Kirschner  / Board Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to Incorporate Changes from Marijuana Legalization
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (10/11/2021).
Removal of Related Instruction Language Fast-Track Comment period is underway and will end on 09/29/2021.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Reduce length of optician apprenticeship Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2019.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Fee Adjustment 2014 Proposed Stage withdrawn on 05/20/2016 after the comment period had ended.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
9/24/2019 Completed Retain As Is
12/30/2015 Completed Retain As Is