Chapter 268

2011 -- H 6032 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 07/09/11





     Introduced By: Representative Peter J. Petrarca

     Date Introduced: April 06, 2011


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     SECTION 1. Chapter 5-59.1 of the General Laws entitled "Rhode Island Orthotics and

Prosthetics Practices" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:


     5-59.1-17. Advisory Board of orthotics and prosthetics practice -- composition--

appointment and terms--powers and duties. – (a) There is hereby created an advisory

licensing board to review applications for licensure to obtain a license as an orthotist or

prosthetist pursuant to this chapter of the general laws. The review of each applicant’s licensing

shall require that the applicant have completed an NCOPE (National Commission on Orthotic and

Prosthetic Education); accredited residency under a board certified practitioner in the respective

discipline; and meet all of the requirements of the chapter. The board shall conduct its interviews

and/or investigation and shall report its findings to the director of the department of health.

     (b) The licensing board shall be composed of three (3) persons: the director of the

department of health, or his or her designee; one board certified Rhode Island state licensed

prosthetist; and one board certified Rhode Island state licensed orthotist. The board certified

orthotist and the board certified prosthetist shall be certified by the American Board of

Certification in orthotics and prosthetics and licensed by the State of Rhode Island, shall serve for

three (3) year terms and shall be selected by the board of directors of the Rhode Island Society of

Orthotists and Prosthetists, Inc. The members of the board shall serve without compensation.


     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.



LC02373/SUB A