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2007-2008 Regulatory Agendas

02-164
Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

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EXPECTED 2007-2008 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY: The board’s rules may be repealed pursuant to PL 2007, c. 369, §C-4 upon the adoption of superseding rules by the new Board of Speech-language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting.

CHAPTER 1: General Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise is rules regarding minimum testing requirements, supervision of trainees, and medical conditions that require special procedures.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Licensing Procedure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the eligibility requirements for the licensing of hearing aid dealers and fitters, hearing aid companies, and for temporary trainee permits.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Application and Examination Process
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA, §§ 1658-A, 1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding 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.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Complaints
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the basic guidelines for the handling of complaints received by the Board.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Initial License and Renewal Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D)
PURPOSE: The board may repeal this chapter, which has been superceded by 10 MRSA §8003(2-A)(D) and ensuing rulemaking under Chapter 10 of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and applicants.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Calibration Standards
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA 1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding calibration and recalibration standards of instruments used by hearing aid dealers and fitters.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 MRSA §1660-B(9)
PURPOSE: The board may review and revise its rules regarding the established 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 MRSA §1658-B, relating to “Payment” and “Trial Period”.
SCHEDULE FOR ADOPTION: Spring 2008.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.