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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Petition 263
Petition Information
Petition Title Inclusion of the National Glaucoma Society as approved provider of CE
Date Filed 10/31/2017    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Janet Swartz, National Glaucoma Society 
Petitioner's Request

To amend section 70 to add the National Glaucoma Society to the list of approved providers of continuing education or to include a new category for non-profit optometric organizations.

Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition has been filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on November 27, 2017.  Comment on the petition may be sent by email, regular mail or posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at; comment will be requested until December 20,2017.

Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language.  This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its next meeting following comment, scheduled for March 2, 2018.


Comment Period Ended 12/20/2017
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 3/6/2018
Agency Decision Summary

The Board decided to take no action on the petition for rulemaking at this time. In reviewing the information and the current provisions in section 70 of its regulations, board members determined that an overall review of continuing education providers was warranted before there were any additions or subtractions to the list. In the meantime, if courses offered by the Society are approved by one of the entities currently on the list of approval bodies, those courses would be accepted for continuing education in Virginia.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4508    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-