Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Licensure of Surgical Assistants and Registration of Surgical Technologists [18 VAC 85 ‑ 160]
Amendments for surgical assistants consistent with a licensed profession
Action 5639
General Information
Action Summary Legislation passed by the 2020 General Assembly changed regulation of surgical assistants from registration to licensure, and amendments that conformed to the statute were enacted. Additional amendments are necessary to provide for consistency with other licensed allied professions regulated by the Board of Medicine in the fee structure, continuing competency, inactive licensure, and standards of practice. Additionally, the Board intends to amend regulations for renewal of registration for surgical technologists.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [6696]
Associated Mandates
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
9122 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/31/2021.
9324 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/01/2022.
9648 Final Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Erin Barrett  / Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Address: Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4688    FAX: (804)915-0382    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this agency.