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Laws and Regulations

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Laws as of July 1, 2021 - Selected sections of the Code of Virginia

Regulations - Regulations currently in effect for practitioners under the Board

  • Click here to obtain a Petition for Rule-making. If you would like the Board to consider amending one of its regulations or rules, you may file a "petition for rule-making". The Board is required to publish your petition in the Virginia Register and post it online at to begin a 21-day comment period on the request. Within 90 days after the comment period or 14 days after its next scheduled meeting, the Board will issue a decision on whether it will grant or deny the petition. A copy of the petition form is provided. You may email the petition to the address below, fax it to the number on the form or mail it to the Board address.
  • Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy - Revised 5-12-2021
  • Public Participation Guidelines - Revised 3-23-2017

Emergency Regulations - Amended regulations in effect for the duration of one year

  • none at this time

Proposed Regulations - Amendments to regulations proposed by the Board

  • none at this time

Duty to Report Adult or Child Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation

By law, the persons licensed as health care practitioners have a duty to report to the Virginia Department of Social Services or the local departments of social services any known or suspected incidences of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children or elderly and incapacitated adults. Contact information and a copy of the law may be obtained at: Legal Requirements to Report Child Abuse and Adult Abuse.