Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 92
Genetic Counselors Licensing Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-92-8

§ 5-92-8. Exceptions.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent or restrict the practice, service, or activities of:

(1) Any person licensed, certified, or registered in the state, by any other statute other than as a genetic counselor, from engaging in activities within the scope of practice of the profession or occupation for which the person is licensed provided that the person does not represent to the public, directly or indirectly, that the person is licensed under this chapter, and that the person does not use any name, title, or designation indicating that the person is licensed under this chapter;

(2) Any person employed as a genetic counselor by the federal government or an agency thereof if the person provides genetic counseling services solely under the direction and control of the organization by which such person is employed;

(3) A student or intern enrolled in an ACGC approved genetic counseling education program if genetic counseling services performed by the student are an integral part of the student’s course of study and are performed under the direct supervision of a licensed genetic counselor assigned to supervise the student and who is on duty and available in the assigned patient care area and if the person is designated by a title that clearly indicates his or her status as a student or intern;

(4) An individual trained as a Ph.D. or medical geneticist who is reapplying for the ABMG certification examination and is gathering logbook cases under a supervisor identified in the training program’s ABMG accreditation documents as a member of the training faculty; and

(5) An out-of-state genetic counselor from working as a consultant, or out-of-state employer or other organization from employing genetic counselors providing occasional services, who are not licensed pursuant to this chapter, from engaging in the practice of genetic counseling, subject to the stated circumstances and limitations as defined by the department, by regulation, provided that the genetic counselor holds a license, if available, in the genetic counselor’s state of employment. If licensure is not available in the genetic counselor’s state of employment, the genetic counselor shall be certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or the American Board of Medical Genetics, or their successors, in order to practice genetic counseling without a state license in accordance with this section.

History of Section.
P.L. 2022, ch. 301, § 1, effective June 29, 2022; P.L. 2022, ch. 302, § 1, effective June 29, 2022.