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02-343
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

2003-2004 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-343
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners

CONTACT PERSON: Geraldine L. Betts, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, tel. (207) 624-8625

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2003-2004 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: The Board may consider amending definitions, the oversight requirements for temporary and trainee respiratory care practitioners, and continuing education requirements. Amendments may cause adjustments to other board rules, specifically the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Conduct. Outdated or duplicative rules that may exist in rules established by the Office of Licensing and Registration as authorized by 10 MRSA §8003 will be repealed.

CHAPTER 1: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §9704
PURPOSE: Defines terms used throughout the Board's rules. The Board may review this chapter for conformance with statutes and make updates as may be necessary.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 3: License Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioners
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§9702(6) and (7), 9704(1) and (2), 9705, 9706-A, 9707-A, and 9711
PURPOSE: This chapter sets the licensing and examination requirements for respiratory therapists and respiratory care technicians. The Board may review this chapter for conformance with statutes and make updates as may be necessary.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 4: Continuing Education Requirements for Respiratory Care Practitioner License Renewal
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§9704(2) and 9712
PURPOSE: Establishes requirements for continuing professional education to be completed by licensees for licensing renewal. The Board may need to amend this chapter to conform to recently adopted rules by the Office of Licensing and Registration on substantiation of continuing education by licensed practitioners.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 5: Enforcement and Disciplinary Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§9704(2) and 9713
PURPOSE: Establishes the enforcement and disciplinary procedures, including grounds for discipline and clarification of terms. The Board may review this for conformance with current statutes and make changes as needed.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 6: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §9704(2)
PURPOSE: These rules specify the manner in which respiratory care practitioners shall practice respiratory care. The Board may review this chapter and make changes to reflect current practice expectations for the protection of the public being served.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated

CHAPTER 7: Standards of Professional Conduct
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §§9704(2) and 9713(2)(B)
PURPOSE: This chapter provides examples of inappropriate behaviors that would constitute "unprofessional conduct." The Board may review this for conformance with current statutes and make changes as needed.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Within one year, if necessary.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not Contemplated


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