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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 work days 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 optbd@dhp.virginia.gov.  Questions regarding implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director of the Board at the address above or by telephone at (804) 597-4132. Copies are free of charge.

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105-1 Guidance for Telepractice, effective September 17, 2020

105-9 Guidelines for Processing Applications for Licensure, adopted July 15, 2016

105-10 Guidance on End of a Contact Lens Fitting, revised July 13, 2018

105-11 Disposition of Disciplinary Cases for Optometrists Involving Practicing with an Expired License, reaffirmed July 13, 2018

105-12 Guidance for Continuing Education (CE) Audits and Sanctioning for Failure to Complete CE, effective April 3, 2019

105-13 Guidance on Performing Free Eye Screenings, reaffirmed July 13, 2018

105-14 Virginia Board of Optometry By-Laws, effective April 1, 2020

105-26 Guidance on process of delegating informal fact-finding to an agency subordinate, reaffirmed July 13, 2018

105-28 Instruction manual on use of sanction reference points, adopted December 6, 2007, revised July 20, 2011

Department Guidance Documents  - Guidance documents for the Department of Health Professions.

Virginia Board of Optometry
optbd@dhp.virginia.gov | Contact the Board
Leslie L. Knachel, Executive Director
Fred Goldberg, O.D., President