Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Regulations Governing the Practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology [18 VAC 30 ‑ 21]
This action is part of the regulatory reform initiative.
Promulgate Chapter 21 & repeal existing Chapter 20; reduction in number of CE hours
Action 3446
General Information
Action Summary In order to arrange the regulations governing the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology in a more understandable, logical manner, the Board has repealed the current chapter and promulgated a replacement chapter. By doing so, the qualifications for each profession can be set out separately, and the regulations relating to provisional licensure in audiology can be set out in one section. Substantively, the qualifications for licensure will not be changed, but the continuing education requirements will be modified to reflect annual renewals and to eliminate the Type 1 and Type 2 categories. Rather than 30 hours every two years, the Board proposes a requirement of 10 hours every year with the ability to transfer or credit excess hours to the next renewal year. Additionally, the grounds for unprofessional conduct will be amended to include problematic conduct for which the Board currently has no grounds for disciplinary action.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 30-21 Regulations Governing the Practice of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Promulgate New Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 30 - 20 Regulations of the Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Repeal Entire Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [002759]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 6/4/2010
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
5820 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 05/11/2011.
5954 Proposed Stage withdrawn on 04/12/2013 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
6775 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/15/2016.
7456 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/10/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelli Moss  / Acting Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
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