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Guidance Documents

The Code of Virginia requires annual publication of lists of guidance documents from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

Copies of the following documents may be viewed during regular workdays from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the offices of the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463 .  Copies may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below or from the Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov or requested by email at medbd@dhp.virginia.gov. Questions regarding interpretation or implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to William L. Harp, M.D., Executive Director of the Board at the address above or by telephone at (804) 367-4600. Copies are free of charge.

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Guidance Documents:

85-1 Virginia Board of Medicine Bylaws, reapproved April 5, 2013

85-2 Assistant Attorney General opinion of October 25, 1986 on who can do a school physical examination (PDF)

85-3 Process for an applicant requesting an Informal Conference, adopted June 22, 2006

85-4 Listing of approved schools for physician assistant licensure and prescriptive authority, revised February 6, 2012

85-5 Guidance on questions concerning medical records, revised June 22, 2006

85-6 Guidance on competency assessments for three paid claims, adopted February 22, 2007, revised July 2, 2011

85-7 Guidance on light-based hair removal in physician practices, adopted February 21, 2008

85-8 Authority of Physician Assistants to write Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders), adopted February 23, 2012

85-9 Policy on USMLE Step Attempts, adopted October 24, 2013 (Word)

85-10 Disclosure by Licensed Midwives for High-Risk Pregnancy Conditions, adopted February 20, 2014 (pdf)

85-11 Sanctioning Reference Points Manual, rev. 8/11 (PDF)

85-13  Board motion, Guidelines on Performing Procedures on the Newly Deceased for Training Purposes, January 22, 2004

85-15  Board motion, Guidelines Concerning the Ethical Practice of Surgery and Invasive Procedures, January 22, 2004

85-16 Questions and Answers on Continuing Competency Requirements for the Virginia Board of Medicine, revised December 3, 2007

85-17 Rules for the placement and use of equipment necessary for recording or broadcasting a hearing, revised 12/2000.

85-18 Practitioners’ Help Section – Definitions and explanations for terminology used in Practitioner Profile System and Frequently Asked Questions, revised November 22, 2010

85-19 Practitioner Information System – Glossary of Terms, revised November 22, 2010

85-21 Official Opinion of the Attorney General May 1995: Employment of physician by a for profit corporation (PDF)

85-23 Board policy on the use of confidential consent agreements, adopted 10/9/03.

85-24  Guidance on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, revised October 24, 2013 (PDF)

85-25  Process for delegation of informal fact-finding to an agency subordinate

85-26 Guidance Document on Compliance with Law for Licensed Midwives, revised June 20, 2013

85-27 Role of Licensed Midwives in Newborn Hearing Screening, Documentation, and Reporting, revised June 20, 2013

90-11, Continuing Competency and Practice Agreement Requirements Violations for Nurse Practitioners, revised June 20, 2013

90-33, Authority of Licensed Nurse Practitioners to write Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders), revised July 17, 2012-Board of Nursing, revised August 3, 2012-Board of Medicine

90-53 Treatment by Women's Health Nurse Practitioners of Male Clients for Sexually Transmitted Disease, revised July 17, 2012-Board of Nursing, revised August 3, 2012-Board of Medicine

90-56 Practice Agreements Requirements for Licensed Nurse Practitioners, adopted by the Board of Medicine on August 3, 2012 and the Board of Nursing on July 17, 2012

110-8 Information on prescriptive authority in Virginia, July 1, 2012