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Department of Health Professions
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Board of Optometry


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Regulations of the Virginia Board of Optometry [18 VAC 105 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Establishes qualifications for licensure, requirements for renewal and standards of practice for licensed optometrists.
State Authority Chapter 32 of Title 54.1
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1) Achieve high ratings on Customer Service Satisfaction Survey for application process and renewal of licensure due to removal of any unnecessary requirements.
2) Reduction in number of disciplinary cases related to practice in a mercantile establishment.
Meetings See all meetings (2) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address: leslie.knachel@dhp.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)597-4130    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Addition of gabapentin to TPA formulary
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Proposed Comment period is underway and will end on 10/30/2019.
Prescribing of opioids Final Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (10/14/2019).
Periodic review Final Governor's office review in progress.
Inactive licenses Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/23/2019.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Renewal fee reduction and change of month
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 05/02/2018.
CE credit for volunteer work Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/09/2017.
Conforming to Code changes in 2016
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/21/2016.
Conforming TPA list to law
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/23/2015.
Reduction in renewal fees for 2015
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/23/2015.
Reduction in renewal fees for 2013
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/23/2013.
Regulatory reform changes Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/15/2015.
Clarification of continuing education requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/17/2010.
Standards of conduct Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/17/2010.
Change of addresses
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/01/2009.
Changes to restricted volunteer registration
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/06/2008.
Additional requirements for licensure by examination Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/24/2007.
Fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/04/2006.
Edit to name of testing agency
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/12/2006.
Change in returned check fee
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/05/2006.
Incorporation of requirements for TPA certification Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/30/2005.
Delegation to an agency subordinate Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/15/2005.
Adoption of treatment guidelines and TPA Formulary
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/08/2004.
Volunteer practice by out-of-state optometrists Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/02/2003.
Periodic review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/15/2003.
Reinstatement fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/06/2001.
Reduction in reinstatement fees
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/06/2001.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Changes to continuing education NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 07/19/2016 after the comment period had ended.
Fee increase NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 01/15/2013 after the comment period had ended.
Practice in mercantile establishments NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 06/19/2003 before the Governor's office completed its review.

Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
8/9/2016 Amend
10/16/2012 Amend
8/19/2008 Retain As Is
4/1/2001 Amend