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April 26 2014 in Vancouver Washington Diane and Glenn Charles presented Julia Stinson with the Lloyd Sass Memorial Award . This award was presented to Julia for her outstanding unselfish commitment to the field of opticianry Julia has spent countless hours working on committees and mentoring upcoming opticians.
Congratulations Julia on a well deserved award we are all very proud of you my friend.
The Opticians Association of Washington is asking the Department of Health to consider a rule change that governs the licensed practice of opticians in our state. Currently, opticians must have 30 hours of continuing education (CEs) in 3 years. The requested rule change does not change the overall number of CEs required or the current reporting requirement. The only change is to require that the same number of CEs be earned equally over the 3 year period – each year, every optician must earn 10 CEs. Because contact lenses are a class three medical device and sit on a person's eye, 5 of the 10 hours must be in contact lenses. This requested change is being sought to ensure that continuing education credits are acquired each year to keep licensed dispensing opticians abreast of current and forecasted developments which impact the professional role of Opticianry.
The change will not open our law in the legislature. It is an administrative change at the Department of Health. When it goes into effect on January 1st, 2015, it will only impact those at the end of their 3 year CE rotation in 2015, causing them to start a one year rotation. In other words, it will take 3 years to totally affect all optician licensees. After it’s in effect, you’ll find a checkbox on your license renewal asking if you’ve met the 10 CE yearly requirement. And, just as now, there will be only a random check asking for a copy of those CE’s.
We are sending you this notice to see if you have any questions or concerns about this proposal. If you do, please contact OAW Legislative Director, Diane Charles, at email@example.com.
Article 2: Education Rules Change
The OAW has requested the Department of Health, to change our education requirements to require opticians to complete 10 hours of education each year, with 5 of those hours being in Contact Lenses. Although the time frame has changed, the numbers of hours, and types of credits, and the reporting cycle will not. The reporting period will still be on a three year renewal.
This will be done in the rules process rather than having to open our law legislatively. The Opticians Association of Washington believes this will better keep licensed dispensing opticians abreast of the technology that our industry is seeing developed rapidly in today’s world.
The process will require a hearing by the Department of Health with LDO's. They have requested to hold that hearing at our spring convention in Shelton. During the Round Table event on Saturday afternoon, Judy Haenke, the opticians FTE with the Department of Health will be available to answer any questions, comments, or concerns, and to explain the timeline.
As I understand it, if it is accepted, it would not affect any of us until after the 3rd year of reporting in our current cycle. Please feel free to call or email me with questions, or be prepared to ask them at the hearing in Shelton.
Diane Charles LDO, HFOAA