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Year / Number* Title Agency that conducted the study Summary
2016 Chiropractor Competency to Perform Commercial Driver’s License Physicals Review (PDF) Board of Health Professions A review of the competency of Chiropractors to perform commercial driver’s license physicals.
2016 Behavioral Sciences Boards' Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2015 Funeral Service Provider Study (PDF) Board of Health Professions Study of the need to provide options for separate funeral director only and embalmer licenses.
2014 Board of Veterinary Medicine Guidance Document 150-17 Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2013 Board of Pharmacy Guidance Document 110-21 Sanctioning Reference Points Manual Board of Health Professions  Sanction Reference Guidance Document.
2013 Perfusionists, Study Into the Need to Regulate (PDF) Board of Health Professions  Study of the need to regulate Perfusionists.
2017 Board of Nursing Guidance Document 90-7 Sanctioning Reference Points Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions Sanction Reference Guidance Document.
2012 Military Credentialing Review (PDF) Board of Health Professions   A study of options to accept military training and experience as satisfying licensure and certification requirements and recommendations for increasing relevant veteran and public awareness.
2012 Laboratory Scientists & Technicians, Study Into The Need to Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Laboratory Scientists & Technicians.
2012 Board of Physical Therapy Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2011 Genetic Counselors, Study Into the Need to Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Genetic Counselors.
2011 Board of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2011 Board of Medicine Guidance Document 85-11 Sanctioning Reference Points Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2010 Medication Aides in Nursing Homes, Study into the Need to Regulate (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Medication Aides in Nursing Homes.
2010 Kinesiotherapists, Study into the Need to Regulate (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Kinesiotherapists.
2010 Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians, Study into the Need to Regulate (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Medical Laboratory Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians.
2010 Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists, Study into the Need to Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists.
2010 Polysomnographers, Study into the Need to Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Polysomnographers.
2010 Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2010 Board of Long-Term Care Administrators Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2009 Orthotists, Prosthetists & Pedorthists, Study Into the Need to Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Orthotists, Prosthetists & Pedorthists.
2008 Central Services/Sterile Processing Technicians In Virginia, Study Into The Need To Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Central Services/Sterile Processing Technicians in Virginia.
2008 Orthopedic Technologists And Orthopedic Physician’s Assistants, Study Into The Need To Regulate Board of Health Professions   Study of the need to regulate Orthopedic Technologists and Orthopedic Physician's Assistants.
2007 Board of Optometry Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2006 Board of Dentistry Guidance Document 60-2 Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual(PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2005 Naturopaths in Virginia, Study Into the Need to Regulate (PDF format) Board of Health Professions   Study into the Need to Regulate Naturopaths in Virginia
2004 Board of Medicine Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual (PDF) Board of Health Professions   Sanction Reference Guidance Document
2004 Need to Regulate Assisted Living Administrators
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Board of Health Professions Study in response to request from the Board of Nursing Home Administrators to review the need for regulation of assisted living administrators
2004
House Document 23
Practice Locations and Schedules of Drugs Authorized for Nurse Practitioners Board of Nursing Report on the practice locations for nurse practitioners with prescriptive authority and the schedules of drugs that they are authorized to prescribe by a practice agreement with a supervising physician
2001
Senate Document 7
Appropriate Level of Regulation for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants Board of Health Professions Sunrise study utilized methodology detailed in Policies and Procedures for Evaluation of the Need to Regulate Health Occupations and Professions (1998) - recommended no state regulatory oversight.
2000 Reporting of Infectious Disease Status of the Deceased Board of Health Professions Study requested by the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers to address concerns about lack of disclosure about infectious disease to the funeral service practitioner.  
2000 Need to Regulate Clinical Laboratory Personnel Board of Health Professions Study in response to a petition from the Va. Society for Clinical Laboratory Science to review the need for regulation of various levels and types of clinical laboratory personnel.
2000
Senate Document 6
Regulation of Speech-Language Assistants Board of Health Professions Study of the necessity of regulating the practice of speech-language assistants.  (The Board applied the criteria for regulation established in 1992 & reconfirmed by a 1998 Study.) 
2000
Senate Document 5
Independent Board of Chiropractic     Study of the efficacy of an independent board of chiropractic.
2000
House Document 10
Feasibility of Independent Board of Physical Therapy Board of Health Professions Study of the feasibility of establishing an independent board of physical therapy.
2000
Senate Document 8
Feasibility of Merging Boards Board of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology & Board of Hearing Aid Specialists Study by DHP and DPOR of the feasibility of merging the two boards. 
2000
House Document 13
Sale of Prescription Drugs over the Internet   Board of Medicine Study the sale of prescription drugs in the Commonwealth over the Internet.
1999 Practice of Spinal Manipulation Board of Medicine Study of the issue of spinal manipulation and whether there should be restrictions on its practice by physical therapists.
1999
Senate Document 9
Need to Regulate Pharmacy Technicians
Board of Health Professions Study of need to regulate pharmacy technicians under the Board of Pharmacy.
1999
Senate Document 10
Regulation of Athletic Trainers Board of Health Professions Sunrise study of the need to regulate athletic trainers in Virginia utilizing the seven criteria established for such a review.
1998 Practice of Telehealth across State Lines (pdf) Board of Health Professions Study to address the proper role, jurisdiction and operation of state regulation in dealing with practice across state lines.
1998
House Document 18
Competition in the Funeral Industry Board of Health Professions Study of federal and state laws that address concerns about monopolization of marketshare in the cemetery and funeral industry.
1998
House Document 8
Appropriate Criteria in determining need for regulation of any health care occupation or profession Board of Health Professions Study reaffirmed the seven criteria established in 1991 for evaluating the need for regulation of a health care profession.
1996 Need for Mandatory Continuing Medical Education (.doc) Board of Medicine Study of the need and efficacy of mandatory continuing education and continuing competency for practitioners of the healing arts.
1996 Disclosure of Disciplinary Information on Health Care Providers (pdf) Board of Health Professions Study prompted by changes in law to public access to disciplinary information on health care practitioners and concomitant need to reevaluate disciplinary disclosure practices of boards.
1996 Alternative and Complimentary Medicine in Virginia (.doc) Board of Health Professions Study of alternative and complimentary medicine in Virginia to determine any barriers to access.
1995 Need to License Respiratory Therapists (.doc) Board of Health Professions Study of the need to establish licensure for respiratory therapists who had voluntary certification under the Board of Medicine.
1995 Need to License Massage Therapists (.doc) Board of Health Professions Study of the need to regulate (licensure or certification) massage therapy under an existing board (certification under Nursing was recommended).
1995 Need to License Art Therapists (.doc) Board of Health Professions Study of the need to regulate art therapists as a separate license or specialty under the Board of Counseling.
1995
House Document 25
Outpatient Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Facilities Boards of Health Professions and Health Study of the need to regulate outpatient cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation facilities

* Number indicates that the study was requested by and reported to the General Assembly and is a House or Senate Document.