Vol. 34 Iss. 25 - August 06, 2018

Chapter 20
Final Regulation

Title of Regulation: 18VAC85-20. Regulations Governing the Practice of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, and Chiropractic (adding 18VAC85-20-141).

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

Effective Date: September 5, 2018.

Agency Contact: William L. Harp, M.D., Executive Director, Board of Medicine, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-4621, FAX (804) 527-4429, or email


The regulation provides for licensure by endorsement for physicians who hold licenses in other states and who meet certain requirements. To be licensed by endorsement, an applicant would need to have held one current, unrestricted license in another United States jurisdiction or in Canada for five years, actively practiced during that time, have all licenses in good standing, hold current board certification, submit a report from the National Practitioner Data Bank, and have no grounds for denial of licensure.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: No public comments were received by the promulgating agency.

18VAC85-20-141. Licensure by endorsement.

To be licensed by endorsement, an applicant shall:

1. Hold at least one current, unrestricted license in a United States jurisdiction or Canada for the five years immediately preceding application to the board;

2. Have been engaged in active practice, defined as an average of 20 hours per week or 640 hours per year, for five years after postgraduate training and immediately preceding application;

3. Verify that all licenses held in another United States jurisdiction or in Canada are in good standing, defined asnot currently under investigation and current and unrestricted, or ] if lapsed, eligible for renewal or reinstatement;

4. Hold current certification by one of the following:

a. American Board of Medical Specialties;

b. Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists;

c. American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery;

d. Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of Canada;

e. Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada; or

f. College of Family Physicians of Canada;

5. Submit a current report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank; and

6. Have no grounds for denial based on provisions of § 54.1-2915 of the Code of Virginia or regulations of the board.

VA.R. Doc. No. R17-4970; Filed July 17, 2018, 4:01 p.m.