Vol. 35 Iss. 4 - October 15, 2018

Chapter 160
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Board of Medicine is claiming an exemption from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia, which excludes regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law where no agency discretion is involved. The Board of Medicine will receive, consider, and respond to petitions by any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 18VAC85-160. Regulations Governing the Registration of Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists (adding 18VAC85-160-60).

Statutory Authority: §§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2956.13 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: November 14, 2018.

Agency Contact: William L. Harp, M.D., Executive Director, Board of Medicine, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4558, FAX (804) 527-4429, or email


Pursuant to Chapter 374 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly, a surgical assistant who was registered based on a national credential is required to attest to maintenance of that credential in order to renew the registration.

18VAC85-160-60. Renewal of registration for a surgical assistant.

A surgical assistant who was registered based on a credential as a surgical assistant or surgical first assistant issued by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the National Surgical Assistant Association, or the National Commission for the Certification of Surgical Assistants or their successors shall attest that the credential is current at the time of renewal.

VA.R. Doc. No. R19-5575; Filed September 13, 2018, 10:41 a.m.