Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 49
Hearing Aid Dealers and Fitters

R.I. Gen. Laws 5-49-2.1

 5-49-2.1.  Certificates of need.

(a) No person, firm, association, or corporation shall sell or attempt to sell, or make available, any hearing aid instrument or hearing prosthetic device to a prospective consumer or purchaser, unless that consumer or purchaser has first obtained and presented to the seller a certificate of need on forms prescribed and furnished by the director of the department of health.

(b) The certificate shall be signed by a physician licensed in the state under the provisions of chapter 37 of this title and attest that, pursuant to an otological examination, it is his or her diagnosis that the prospective patient-purchaser has a hearing impediment of a nature as to indicate the need for a hearing aid instrument or hearing prosthetic device.

History of Section.
P.L. 1978, ch. 177, 1.