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Chapter 30  |  Article 30 - 8A

1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE T

1A - PROCEDURE FOR REGULATION OF OC

1B - PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO MILIT

1C - INTERSTATE MEDICAL LICENSURE

1D - PROVISIONS AFFECTING CERTAIN

2 - ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW

2A - MEDICAL LICENSING BOARD

3 - WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAL PRACTICE

3A - MANAGEMENT OF INTRACTABLE PAIN

3B - MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE PARAMEDI

3C - HEALTH CARE PEER REVIEW ORGANI

3D - PHYSICIAN HEALTH PROGRAMS

3E - PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS PRACTICE

4 - WEST VIRGINIA DENTAL PRACTICE A

4A - ADMINISTRATION OF GENERAL ANES

4B - DENTAL LABORATORY SERVICES

5 - PHARMACISTS, PHARMACY TECHNICIA

6 - BOARD OF FUNERAL SERVICE EXAMIN

7 - REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES

7A - PRACTICAL NURSES

7B - CENTER FOR NURSING

7C - DIALYSIS TECHNICIANS

7D - MEDICATION ASSISTIVE PERSONS

7E - NURSE HEALTH PROGRAMS

8 - OPTOMETRISTS

8A - EYE CARE CONSUMER PROTECTION L
    30 - 8 A- 1
    30 - 8 A- 2
    30 - 8 A- 3
    30 - 8 A- 4
    30 - 8 A- 5

9 - ACCOUNTANTS

10 - VETERINARIANS

10A - ANIMAL EUTHANASIA TECHNICIAN

11 - CHIROPODISTS-PODIATRISTS

12 - ARCHITECTS

13 - ENGINEERS

13A - LAND SURVEYORS

14 - OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS AND SU

14A - ASSISTANTS TO OSTEOPATHIC PH

15 - NURSE-MIDWIVES

16 - CHIROPRACTORS

17 - SANITARIANS

18 - PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE AND SEC

19 - FORESTERS

20 - PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

20A - ATHLETIC TRAINERS

21 - PSYCHOLOGISTS; SCHOOL PSYCHOL

22 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

23 - RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS

24 - QUALIFICATION OF ARMED FORCES

25 - NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS

26 - HEARING-AID DEALERS AND FITTE

27 - BOARD OF BARBERS AND COSMETOL

28 - WEST VIRGINIA OCCUPATIONAL TH

29 - LAW-ENFORCEMENT TRAINING AND

29A - STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL F

30 - SOCIAL WORKERS

31 - LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSEL

32 - SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

33 - TATTOO STUDIO BUSINESS

34 - BOARD OF RESPIRATORY CARE PRA

35 - BOARD OF DIETITIANS

36 - ACUPUNCTURISTS

37 - MASSAGE THERAPISTS

38 - THE REAL ESTATE APPRAISER LIC

38A - APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANI

39 - UNIFORM ATHLETE AGENTS ACT

40 - WEST VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE LIC

WVC 30- CHAPTER 30. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.

WVC 30 - 8 A- ARTICLE 8A. EYE CARE CONSUMER PROTECTION LAW.

WVC 30 - 8 A- 1 §30-8A-1. Definitions.

     As used in this article:

     (a) "Contact Lens" means a lens placed directly on the surface of the eye, regardless of whether it is intended to correct a visual defect. Contact lens includes, but is not limited to, a cosmetic, therapeutic, or corrective lens.

     (b) "Board" means the West Virginia Board of Optometry.

     (c) "Diagnostic contact lens" means a contact lens used to determine a proper contact lens fit.

     (d) "Direct supervision" means supervision that occurs when a licensee is actually present in the building.

     (e) "Examination and evaluation"means an assessment of the ocular health and visual status of a patient that does not consist solely of objective refractive data or information generated by an automated refracting device or other automated testing device for the purpose of writing a valid prescription.

     (f) "Licensee" means a person who is authorized to engage in the practice of optometry under article eight, chapter thirty of this code.

     (g) "Special requirements" means the type of lens design, lens material, tint, or lens treatments.

     (h) "Spectacles" means an optical instrument or device worn or used by an individual that has one or more lenses designed to correct or enhance vision to address the visual needs of the individual wearer. This includes spectacles that may be adjusted to achieve different types or levels of visual correction or enhancement.

     (i) "Valid prescription" means one of the following, as applicable:

     (1) For a contact lens, a written or electronic order by a licensee who has conducted an examination and evaluation of a patient and has determined a satisfactory fit for the contact lens based on an analysis of the physiological compatibility of the lens or the cornea and the physical fit and refractive functionality of the lens on the patient's eye. To be a valid prescription under this subdivision, it shall at least include the following:

     (A) A statement that the prescription is for a contact lens;

     (B) The contact lens type or brand name, or for a private label contact lens, the name of the manufacturer, trade name of the private label brand, and, if applicable, trade name of the equivalent or similar brand;

     (C) All specifications necessary to order and fabricate the contact lens, including, if applicable, the power, material, base curve or appropriate designation, and diameter;

     (D) The quantity of contact lenses to be dispensed;

     (E) The number of refills;

     (F) Specific wearing instructions and contact lens disposal parameters;

     (G) The patient's name;

     (H) The date of the examination and evaluation;

     (I) The date the prescription is originated;

     (J) The prescribing licensee's name, address, and telephone number;

     (K) The prescribing licensee's written or electronic signature, or other form of authentication; and

     (L) An expiration date of not less than one year from the date of the examination and evaluation or a statement of the reasons why a shorter time is appropriate based on the medical needs of the patient.

     (2) For spectacles, a written or electronic order by a licensee who has examined and evaluated a patient. To be a valid prescription under this subdivision, it shall include at least the following:

     (A) A statement that the prescription is for spectacles;

     (B) As applicable and as specified for each eye, the lens power including the spherical power, cylindrical power including axis, prism, and power of the multifocal addition;

     (C) Any special requirements, the omission in the opinion of the prescribing licensee, would adversely affect the vision or ocular health of the patient;

     (D) The patient's name;

     (E) The date of the examination and evaluation;

     (F) The date the prescription is originated;

     (G) The prescribing licensee's name, address, and telephone number;

     (H) The prescribing licensee's written or electronic signature, or other form of authentication; and

     (I) An expiration date of not less than one year from the date of the examination and evaluation or a statement of the reasons why a shorter time is appropriate based on the medical needs of the patient.

WVC 30 - 8 A- 2 §30-8A-2. Prescriptions.

     (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b), spectacles and contact lenses are medical devices and are subject to the requirements of this article.

     (b) The requirements of this article do not apply to the following:

     (1) A diagnostic contact lens that is used by a licensee during an examination and evaluation;

     (2) An optical instrument or device that is not intended to correct or enhance vision; or

     (3) An optical instrument or device that is sold without consideration of the visual status of the individual who will use the optical instrument or device.

WVC 30 - 8 A- 3 §30-8A-3. Prohibited Actions.

     A person may not:

     (1) Employ objective or subjective physical means to determine the accommodative or refractive condition; the range, power of vision or muscular equilibrium of the human eye or prescribe spectacles or contact lenses based on that determination unless that activity is performed by a licensee or performed by a person under direct supervision.

     (2) Dispense, give, or sell spectacles or contact lenses unless dispensed, given, or sold pursuant to a valid prescription.

     (3) Use an automated refractor or other automated testing device to generate objective refractive data unless that use is under direct supervision.

WVC 30 - 8 A- 4 §30-8A-4. Enforcement.

     (a) The board shall enforce the provisions of this article.

     (b) The board may promulgate a legislative rule in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code regarding the implementation of this article.

     (c) The board is not required to wait until harm to human health has occurred to initiate an investigation under this section.

     (d) If a person is in violation of this article and is licensed by another board, the board shall refer to the appropriate licensing board to enforce the provisions of their article.

WVC 30 - 8 A- 5 §30-8A-5. Criminal Penalty for violation.

     A person violating this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
The West Virginia Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§30 - 1 - 21 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 - 10 A - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 4 - 15 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 5 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 6 A - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 6 B - (New Code)
§30 - 7 A- 6 A - (New Code)
§30 - 8 - 16 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 12 B - (Amended Code)
§30 - 16 - 7 A - (New Code)
§30 - 20 - 13 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 21 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 28 - 8 A - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 4
PASSED - Regular Session

SB4 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/11/2017)
Allowing licensed professionals donate time to care of indigent and needy in clinical setting
§30 - 29 - 12 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 230
PASSED - Regular Session

sb230 sub1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/05/2017)
Relating to certain WV officials carrying concealed firearm nationwide
§30 - 31 - 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 31 - 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 31 - 8 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 31 - 9 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 350
PASSED - Regular Session

SB350 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Allowing licensed professional counselors be issued temporary permit
§30 - 3 F- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 F- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 F- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 F- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 3 F- 5 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2301
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2301 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/20/2017)
Relating to direct primary care
§30 - 27 - 15 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2347
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2347 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/20/2017)
Allowing schools licensed to provide barber, cosmetology and related training to hold theory classes and clinical classes at different locations
§30 - 27 - 12 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2348
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2348 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Eliminating any requirement that class hours of students be consecutive
§30 - 3 - 18 - (New Code)
§30 - 14 - 12 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 16 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2359
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2359 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Relating to offenses and penalties for practicing osteopathic medicine without a license
§30 - 14 - 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 15 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2503
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2503 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Relating to the rulemaking authority for Board of Osteopathic Medicine
§30 - 3 - 13 A - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 12 D - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2509
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2509 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/08/2017)
Relating to the practice of telemedicine
§30 - 5 - 7 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2518
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2518 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Creating a legislative rule to permit a pharmacist or pharmacy intern to administer certain immunizations
§30 - 7 F- 1 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 2 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 3 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 4 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 5 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 6 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 7 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 8 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 9 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 10 - (New Code)
§30 - 7 F- 11 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2522
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2522 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/05/2017)
Nurse licensure compact
§30 - 3 - 12 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 - 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 11 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 12 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2628
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2628 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/08/2017)
Relating generally to the powers and duties of the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine
§30 - 1 - 5 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2631
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2631 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Relating to time standards for disposition of complaint proceedings
§30 - 27 - 8 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 10 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2691
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2691 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Allowing a person who is qualified by training to be a barber and a cosmetologist to elect to practice solely as a barber
§30 - 1 - 7 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2804
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2804 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Removing chiropractors from the list of medical professions required to obtain continuing education on mental health conditions common to veterans and family members
§30 - 1 - 12 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2833
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2833 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Specifying the contents and categories of information for inclusion in annual reports
§30 - 5 - 11 A - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2846
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2846 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Including high school students participating in a competency based pharmacy technician education and training program as persons qualifying to be a pharmacy technician trainee
§30 - 1 - 5 A - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 3022
PASSED - Regular Session

hb3022 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Relating to the reporting of fraud, misappropriation of moneys, and other violations of law to the commission on special investigations
§30 - 3 - 5 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 1 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 2 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 7 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 8 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 3 E- 9 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 10 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 11 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 12 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 12 A - (New Code)
§30 - 3 E- 15 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 16 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 17 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 1014
PASSED - 1st Special Session

sb1014 enr  (Uploaded - 06/13/2017)
Relating generally to physician assistants
§30 - 3 - 13 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 47
PASSED - Regular Session

SB47 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Rewriting licensing requirements for practice of medicine and surgery and podiatry
§30 - 3 - 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 3 E- 17 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 5 - 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 11 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 14 - 11 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 123
PASSED - Regular Session

SB123 ENR  (Uploaded - 02/17/2016)
Treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
§30 - 9 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 9 - 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 9 - 7 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 9 - 33 - (New Code)
§30 - 9 - 34 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 271
PASSED - Regular Session

SB271 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/08/2016)
Regulating practice of accountancy
§30 - 18 - 10 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 376
PASSED - Regular Session

SB376 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/16/2016)
Expanding authority of Secretary of State and State Police
§30 - 27 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 3 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 5 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 8 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 8 A - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 8 B - (New Code)
§30 - 27 - 9 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 10 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 11 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 12 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 13 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 14 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 16 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 18 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 27 - 19 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 524
PASSED - Regular Session

SB524 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/18/2016)
Rewriting Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists article
§30 - 3 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 627
PASSED - Regular Session

SB627 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Permitting physician to decline prescribing controlled substance
§30 - 5 - 12 B - (Amended Code)
§30 - 5 - 34 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4033
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4033 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/18/2016)
Adding criminal penalties for the unauthorized practice of pharmacists care
§30 - 7 - 1 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 2 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 7 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 15 A - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 15 B - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 15 C - (Amended Code)
§30 - 7 - 15 D - (New Code)
§30 - 7 - 15 E - (New Code)
§30 - 15 - 1 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 2 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 3 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 4 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 5 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 6 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 7 - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 7 A - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 7 B - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 7 C - (Repealed Code)
§30 - 15 - 8 - (Repealed Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4334
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4334 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/17/2016)
Clarifying the requirements for a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and expanding prescriptive authority
§30 - 1 - 5 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 1 D- 1 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4340
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4340 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/09/2016)
Amending licensing requirements for an act which may be called Lynette’s Law
§30 - 2 - 4 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4360
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4360 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Increasing the criminal penalty for the unlawful practice of law
§30 - 8 - 9 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4428
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4428 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/15/2016)
hb4428 intr ENR  (Uploaded - 03/15/2016)
Clarifying that optometrists may continue to exercise the same prescriptive authority which they possessed prior to hydrocodone being reclassified
§30 - 3 - 13 A - (New Code)
§30 - 14 - 12 D - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4463
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4463 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/15/2016)
Permitting the practice of telemedicine
§30 - 21 - 7 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4594
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4594 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/15/2016)
hb4594 intr ENR  (Uploaded - 03/15/2016)
Relating to predoctoral psychology internship qualifications
§30 - 26 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 26 - 6 - (Amended Code)
§30 - 26 - 7 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4651
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4651 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/09/2016)
Relating to professional examination requirements for hearing-aid dealers and fitters
§30 - 7 - 4 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4654
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4654 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/07/2016)
Relating to the Executive Secretary of the Board of Registered Professional Nurses
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