Rules Committee Update
01/11/2017-Rules are the administrative legal procedures which provide greater clarity to Minnesota Statutes 148.52. The rules were last updated in 2008 and the board determined that a portion of the rules areoutdated. Current Optometry Rules are found in Chapter 6500.0100 - 6500.2900 on the website. Minnesota requires multiple rulemaking procedural steps to assure transparency and all steps take 12-15 months to complete. All public documents willbe updated and posted on the website as completed.
Committee members were appointed in July by Chair Patrick O’Neill, OD and include; Don Sipola, O.D. (Virginia), John Muellerleile, O.D., (Owatonna), Ron Czerepak, Public Member (North St. Paul) and Jonathan Scorn, O.D., Lakeville, (non-board member representing the optometric provider). Beth Coleman, fromthe Minnesota Optometric Association and Randy Snyder, Executive Director attend all of thepublic meetings. All meetings are posted on the website.
The Committee is initiallyproposing changes to professional conduct, display and disclosure of license,prescriptions, record keeping, professional firms act, annual license renewal, paymentof fees, clinical practical examination, jurisprudence examination, emeritus registration, reinstatement of license and continuing education. The detail ofthe proposed changes will be on the websiteand comments are welcome.
Potential Rule Change: Volunteer Programs and Continued Education:
One potential rule change is MinnesotaRule 6500.0950 and awardingof continuing education clock hours for volunteer service. The primary missionof the Minnesota Board of Optometry is to promotethe health and safety of Minnesota residents whoreceive services from Optometrists. A criticalpart of the board’s missionis to promote the continuing professional competence of Minnesotaoptometrists.
Several decades ago, members of the Minnesota Board of Optometry felt that itwas acceptable to rewardoptometrists for participating in volunteer programs that provided free eye care for people without the means or opportunities to receiveoptometric services. Recent boards have felt that these volunteer missions, however worthy, do not contribute to, nor do they support the board’s mission regarding public safety.
The Minnesota Board of Optometry has recently updated its statutes and is currently discussing this issue in the processof rules revision.Accordingly, if the newrules are promulgated, the board would no longer be awarding CE credit for licensee’s participation in volunteer programs that provide free eye care tounderserved people through the world.
During this transition, the board will allow 1-hour CE credit per volunteereye care event fortheir participation in organized volunteer programs helping underserved people through the world.
01/04/2017-The next Rules Committee Agenda will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 following the regular MBO board meeting. Actions and recommended language revisions will be posted as soon as they are completed.
10/24/2016-The Minnesota Board of Optometry reviewed Minnesota Rules Chapter 6500 on September 13, 2016 and again at the September 28, 2016 Board Meeting. Following those two meetings, the board recommends proceeding with formal rulemaking or revising current rules over the next 9-15 month period. All minutes and public information are posted on the website.
The latest version of the proposed amendments covers all current board discussions. The board accepts and will review all written comments.
Decorative Contact Lenses
The Minnesota Board of Optometry (MBO) joins with the US Food and Drug Administration to alert consumers of risks associated with Non-Prescription Decorative Contact Lenses Halloween inspired cosmetic contact lenses which can prove to be a health hazard.
Contact the board office with any questions you have. We will work to resolve any remaining questions.
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