Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physician Assistants [18 VAC 85 ‑ 50]
Definitions of supervision and weight loss rules
Action 4943
General Information
Action Summary The purpose of the proposed regulatory action is to simplify and clarify the definitions and usage of various terms for supervision for more consistency with the Code and with actual practice of physician assistants and supervising physicians. Further the action will add a provision in the regulation on pharmacotherapy for weight loss to clarify that a physician assistant can conduct the physical examination, review tests, and prescribe drugs, if so authorized in a practice agreement with a supervising physician.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005334]
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
8114 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/24/2018.
8217 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/20/2018.
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.