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]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Licensure of surgical assistants
Action 5580
General Information
Action Summary Amendments to 18VAC85-160 are adopted to conform to changes in the Code of Virginia in Chapter 1222 of the 2020 Acts of the Assembly. The legislation changed the regulatory status of surgical assistants from registration to licensure; surgical technologists continue to be registered by the Board.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: ยง 2.2- 4006(A)(4)(a)
RIS Project Yes  [006112]
Associated Mandates Licensure of surgical assistants
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
9039 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/14/2020.
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.