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Regulations for Prescriptive Authority for Nurse Practitioners [18 VAC 90 ‑ 40]
Prescribing of opioids
Action 4797 / Stage 7989
Emergency Stage  
red ball Emergency Text 8/10/2017  2:04 pm  
pdf Agency Background Document 7/22/2017    
pdf Attorney General Certification 8/7/2017    
red ball Governor's Review Memo 8/24/2017   
pdf Emergency Extension Request Requested on 9/18/2018   (Approved on 9/24/2018)  

Emergency Authority 2.2-4006
Exempt from APA No, this stage/action is subject to article 2 of the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Attorney General Review Submitted to OAG: 7/22/2017
Review Completed: 8/7/2017
Result: Certified
DPB Review Submitted on 8/7/2017
Review Completed: 8/17/2017
DPB's policy memo is "Governor's Confidential Working Papers"
Secretary Review Secretary of Health and Human Resources Review Completed: 8/24/2017
Governor's Review Review Completed: 8/24/2017
Result: Approved
Virginia Registrar Submitted on 8/24/2017
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Publication Date: 9/18/2017    Volume: 34  Issue: 2
Comment Period Comment periods are not required for emergency regulations. If efforts are made to make this regulation permanent, then public comment periods will be established.
Effective Date 8/24/2017
Expiration Date 11/7/2018

The expiration date for this emergency regulation has been extended until 5/6/2019
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-
This person is the primary contact for this chapter.

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Action 4797:
Prescribing of opioids
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage Type Status
Emergency/NOIRA   (7903) Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 11/07/2018.
Emergency   (7989) Stage complete. Emergency regulation was set to expire on 11/07/2018 and was extended until 05/06/2019.
Proposed   (8063) Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/07/2018.
Final   (8462) Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/09/2019.
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