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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Division of Professional Regulation
Statutory Authority: 24 Delaware Code, Section 1799I(c) (24 Del.C. §1799I(c))
24 DE Admin. Code 1799
final
ORDER
1799 Genetic Counselor Advisory Council
The Genetic Counselor Advisory Council (Council) has determined that technical clarifications are needed to Regulation 5.3.2.2 to correct punctuation and a mathematical error in the example provided to assist licensees in determining how to scale the CEUs obtained in each category designated by ASBOG to fit the biennial license renewal period. The Council with the approval of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (Board) is amending Regulation 5.3.2.2 by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underlining as follows:
5.3.2.2 The percentage of CEUs obtained in each category should be scaled to fit the biennial renewal period. The breakdown of CEUs should follow ABGC guidelines for recertification and be scaled for the renewal period. For example current guidelines state: at least 60% Category 1 CEUs, up to but no more than 40% Category 2 CEUs, PAC's may substitute for Category 1 CEUs for up to 20% of the total CEUs. Therefore, for a full 2 year renewal cycle the CEU breakdown should be comprised of at least 3.75 3.00 Category 1 CEU's, up to but no more than 2.5 2.0 Category 2 CEU's. If using PACs the breakdown would be as follows: at least 2.5 2.0 Category 1 CEUs, up to but no more than 2.5 2.0 Category 2 CEU's and up to but no more than 1.25 1.0 PACs CEU's.
Summary of the Evidence
None required.
Findings of Fact
The Council and Board find that the clarifications are technical corrections only and do not substantively change the regulation or requirements of licensees. This regulation is exempted from the procedures for notice and public comment set forth in 29 Del.C. ch 100 pursuant to 29 Del.C. §10113(a)(b)(4).
Text and Citation
The text and citation for Regulation 5.3.2.2 is as shown in strikethrough and underline above.
Decision and Effective Date
The Council and Board hereby adopt Regulation 5.3.2.2 as amended effective 10 days following publication of this Order in the Register of Regulations.
Recommendation
It is the recommendation of the undersigned members of the Council to the Board that the Board approve these technical changes to the Rules and Regulations of the Council.
Respectfully submitted this 2nd day of November, 2012:
Zohra J. Ali-Khan Catts, Council Member, Chair
Sara Ennis, Council Member, Vice Chair
Beth A. Keena, Council Member
Marcie A. Parker, Council Member
Garrett H. Colmorgen, M.D.
ORDER
The Board has considered the recommendation of Council and approves the technical amendment to Regulation 5.3.2.2.
SO ORDERED this 13th day of November, 2012.
BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE
1799 Genetic Counselor Advisory Council
1.0 Source of Authority
The Rules and Regulations herein contained constitute, comprise, and shall be known as the Rules and Regulations of the Genetic Counselor Advisory Council of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, and are hereby promulgated, pursuant to 24 Del.C. §1799I(c).
2.0 Definitions
Whenever used in these Rules and Regulations unless expressly otherwise stated, or unless the context or subject matter requires a different meaning, the following terms shall have the respective meanings hereinafter set forth or indicated.
"Board" means Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
"Council" means the Genetic Counselor Advisory Council of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
"Crime Substantially Related to the Practice of Genetic Counseling" means those crimes identified in Rule 29 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
3.0 Purpose
The purpose of the rules and regulations is to establish minimal acceptable levels of safe practice to protect the general public and to serve as a guide for the Council and Board to evaluate the safe and effective practice of genetic counseling.
4.0 Renewal of License
4.1 Each license shall be renewed biennially. The failure of the Council and/or Board to notify a licensee of his/her expiration date and subsequent renewals does not, in any way, relieve the licensee of the requirement to renew his/her certificate pursuant to the regulations of the Council and 24 Del.C. Ch. 17, Subchapter 11.
4.2 Renewal may be effected by:
4.2.1 filing a renewal application on the prescribed online application approved by the Council and provided by the Division of Professional Regulation. License renewal may be accomplished online at www.dpr.delaware.gov;
4.2.2 providing other information as may be required by the Council to ascertain the licensee's good standing;
4.2.3 attesting on the renewal application to having completed the continuing education required by Rule 5.0;
4.2.4 payment of fees as determined by the Division of Professional Regulation.
4.3 Failure of a licensee to renew his/her license shall cause his/her license to expire. A licensee whose license has expired may renew his/her license within one (1) year after the expiration date upon fulfilling items 4.2.1 - 4.2.4 above, certifying that he/she has not practiced genetic counseling in Delaware while his/her license has expired, and paying the renewal fee and a late fee as determined by the Division of Professional Regulation.
4.4 No licensee will be permitted to renew his/her license once the one (1) year period has expired.
4.5 The former licensee may re-apply under the same conditions that govern applicants for new licensure under 24 Del.C. Ch. 17, Subchapter 11.
4.6 No genetic counselor shall practice in the State of Delaware during the period of time that his/her Delaware license has expired.
5.0 Continuing Education
5.1 Continuing Education Credit Hours Required for Renewal
5.1.1 Licensees are required to complete five (5) Continuing Education Units (CEU) biennially. A continuing education unit is equivalent to ten contact hours (a contact hour is 60 minutes). Licensees shall retain all certificates and other documented evidence of participation in an approved/accredited continuing education program for a period of at least (5) five years.
5.1.2 Proof of continuing education is satisfied with an attestation by the licensee that he or she has satisfied the Requirements of Rule 5.0.
5.1.3 Attestation must be completed electronically at the time of renewal.
5.1.4 Licensees selected for random audit pursuant to Rule 6.0 will be required to supplement the attestation with attendance verification.
5.1.5 CEU hours shall be prorated for new licensees. A licensee for renewal shall follow the following schedule of reporting CEUs: if, at the time of renewal, you have been licensed for less than one year, NO continuing education is required; licensed for more than one year, but less than two years, half of the continuing education (2.5 CEUs) is required; licensed for two or more years, the full amount (5 CEUs) is required.
5.2 Exemptions
5.2.1 A licensee who because of a physical or mental illness during the license period could not complete the continuing education requirement may apply through the Council to the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline for a waiver. A waiver would provide for an extension of time or exemption from some or all of the continuing education requirements for one (1) renewal period. Should the illness extend beyond one (1) renewal period, a new request must be submitted.
5.2.2 A request for a waiver may be submitted up to the time of renewal
5.3 Acceptable Activities /Continuing Education Program Offerings
5.3.1 The overriding consideration in determining whether a specific activity/program qualifies as acceptable continuing education shall be that it is a planned program of learning which contributes directly to professional competence in the practice of Genetic Counseling
5.3.2 Licensees shall demonstrate that they have obtained CEUs in the categories and according to the criteria established by the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) for recertification, as may be amended from time to time.
5.3.2.1 CEUs must be completed during the biennial renewal cycle.
5.3.2.2 The percentage of CEUs obtained in each category should be scaled to fit the biennial renewal period. The breakdown of CEUs should follow ABGC guidelines for recertification and be scaled for the renewal period. For example current guidelines state: at least 60% Category 1 CEUs, up to but no more than 40% Category 2 CEUs, PACs may substitute for Category 1 CEUs for up to 20% of the total CEUs. Therefore, for a full 2 year renewal cycle the CEU breakdown should be comprised of at least 3.750 Category 1 CEUs, up to but no more than 2.50 Category 2 CEUs. If using PACs the breakdown would be as follows: at least 2.50 Category 1 CEUs, up to but no more than 2.50 Category 2 CEUs and up to but no more than 1.250 PACs.
6.0 Audit of Continuing Education Unit Hours
6.1 Audits Each Biennium
6.1.1 The Division of Professional Regulation shall randomly select from the list of renewed licensees a percentage of licensees, determined by the Council to be audited. The Council may also audit based on complaints or charges against an individual license, relative to compliance with continuing education requirements or based on a finding of past non-compliance during prior audits.
6.2 Documentation.
6.2.1 When a licensee is selected for audit, the licensee shall be required to submit documentation showing detailed accounting of the various CEUs claimed by the licensee. Licensees selected for random audit are required to supplement the attestation with supporting materials which may include a syllabus, agenda, itinerary or brochure published by the sponsor of the activity and a document showing proof of attendance (i.e., certificate, a signed letter from the sponsor attesting to attendance, report of passing test score).The Council shall attempt to verify the CEUs shown on the documentation provided by the licensee. Upon completion of the review, the Council will decide whether the licensee's CEUs meet the requirements of these regulations.
6.2.2 Any continuing education not meeting all provisions of these regulations shall be rejected in part or in whole by the Council.
6.2.3 Any incomplete or inaccurate documentation of continuing education may be rejected in part or in whole by the Council
6.2.4 Any continuing education that is rejected must be replaced by acceptable continuing education within a reasonable period of time established by the Council. This continuing education will not be counted towards the next renewal period.
6.3 Council Review and Hearing Process.
6.3.1 The Council shall review all documentation requested of any licensee shown on the audit list. If the Council determines the licensee has met the requirements, the licensee's license shall remain in effect. If the Council determines the licensee has not met the requirements, the licensee shall be notified and a hearing may be held pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act. This hearing will be conducted to determine if there are any extenuating circumstances justifying the apparent noncompliance with these regulations. Unjustified noncompliance with these regulations shall be considered unprofessional conduct and grounds for discipline pursuant to 24 Del.C. §1799P(a)(5), subject to final approval of the Council's written recommendation by the Board.
7.0 Crimes Substantially Related to the Practice of Genetic Counseling
Pursuant to 24 Del.C. §1799P(a)(6) the crimes determined by the Board to be substantially related to the practice of medicine are also determined to be substantially related to the practice of genetic counseling and may result in the denial of a license and/or disciplinary action against a licensee.
15 DE Reg. 544 (10/01/11)
16 DE Reg. 652 (12/01/12) (Final)