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Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathy, Podiatry, and Chiropractic [18 VAC 85 ‑ 20]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes qualifications for licensure, requirements for renewal and standards of practice for doctors of medicine, osteopathy, podiatry and chiropractic and for physician acupuncturists.
State Authority Chapter 29 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 a high level of satisfaction for application and renewal processes for all licensed practitioners.
2) Establish a viable practitioner profile sytsem for doctors of medicine, osteopathy and podiatry that is available to consumers.
3) Ensure compliance by practitioners with continuing competency requirements.
4) License only persons who are qualified to practice.
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Contact Information
Name / Title: William L. Harp, M.D.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address: william.harp@dhp.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)367-4621    FAX: (804)527-4429   
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Requirements for office-based anesthesia NOIRA DPB review in progress.
Pharmacotherapy for weight loss by PA's and NP's Fast-Track Governor's office review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
One-time reduction in renewal fees Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/25/2013.
Periodic review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/21/2012.
Unauthorized disclosure from PMP Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/4/2010.
Change of address Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/19/2009.
Registration for restricted volunteer practice Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/3/2008.
Exemption from second check for vaccines Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/24/2008.
Reduction of reinstatement fee Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/16/2008.
Requirements for a restricted volunteer license Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/5/2008.
Waiver of CE for medical examiners Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2007.
Licensure credentials and examination requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/17/2007.
Changes in continuing competency requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2007.
Mixing, diluting or reconstituting sterile drug products by doctors Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2007.
Conformity to changes in the Code Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/22/2007.
Documentation for claims in advertisements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/25/2007.
Requirement for malpractice reporting on practitioner profile Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/4/2007.
clarification of chiropractic CE Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/23/2007.
Post-graduate training for graduates of non-accredited medical schools Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/4/2006.
Use of major conductive blocks in office-based anesthesia Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/20/2006.
Change in fee for returned checks Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/8/2006.
Ethical standards for practice Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/19/2005.
Change in Code cites Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/13/2005.
Reporting requirement on practitioner profile Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/25/2005.
Increase in certain fees pursuant to HB 1441 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/14/2004.
Regulatory review clarification Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/25/2004.
Conformity to 2003 changes in Code Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/30/2003.
Changes to physician profile Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/2/2003.
Voluntary practice by out-of-state practitioners Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/18/2003.
Outpatient surgery in physicians' offices Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/18/2003.
Education and training for doctors who practice acupuncture Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/5/2001.
Changes to USMLE examination for licensure Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/31/2001.
Conformity to law Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/2/2000.
Increase in licensee fees Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/12/2000.
Physician profiling system Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/19/2000.
Continuing competency requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/8/1999.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Forms revision Final Stage withdrawn before submission to the Registrar.
Fee increase NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 6/23/2006 after the comment period had ended.
Treatment guidelines for pain management Proposed Stage withdrawn before the Governor's office completed its review.
Four-year degree for licensure in chiropractic Proposed Stage withdrawn before DPB completed its review.
Correction of Code cite Final Stage withdrawn prior to submitting for AG review.
Felony conviction on profile NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 6/19/2003 after the comment period had ended.