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02-164
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

2004-2005 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-164
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

CONTACT PERSON: Penny Vaillancourt, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Tel: (207) 624-8420

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2004-2005 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: General Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes minimum testing requirements, supervision of trainees, and medical conditions that require special procedures.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Licensing Procedure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes eligibility requirements for the licensing of hearing aid dealers and fitters, hearing aid companies, and for temporary trainee permits.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Application and Examination Process
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§1658-A,1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes the application procedure, examination, licensing procedure, and continuing education requirements of the Board. Provisions may be added pertinent to the staff review of applications and to further articulate the continuing education requirement.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Complaints
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes basic guidelines for the handling of complaints received by the Board.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Initial License and Renewal Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. §8003(2-A)(D)
PURPOSE: The board may repeal this chapter, which has been superceded by 10 M.R.S.A. §8003(2-A)(D) and ensuing rulemaking under Chapter 10 of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Calibration Standards
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes calibration and recalibration standards of instruments used by hearing aid dealers and fitters.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: This Chapter establishes a code of ethics reflecting the standards of conduct that the Board has designated as unacceptable in the practice of hearing aid dealers and fitters. Amendment would clarify the intent of revisions to 32 M.R.S.A. §1658-B, relating to "Payment" and "Trial Period".
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.


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