Licensure by verification, veterans, spouses of veterans, 33.1, 33.3, 33.4
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to licensing regulation, veterans and military spouses and providing an opportunity for public comment
The Board of Pharmacy hereby proposes to amend Chapter 33, "Military Service and Veteran Reciprocity," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in 2022 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2383.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2022 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2383.
Purpose and Summary
These proposed amendments implement the licensure-related provisions of 2022 Iowa Acts, Senate File 2383. This proposed rule making revises the requirements and parameters of licensure for veterans and active duty military spouses.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs can be determined since the Board's current license transfer process provides an opportunity for a temporary license in accordance with Senate File 2383.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 657—Chapter 34.
Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 28, 2023. Comments should be directed to:
Board of Pharmacy
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite E
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Adopt the following new definition of "Spouse" in rule 657—33.1(272C):
"Spouse" means a spouse of an active duty member of the military forces of the United States.
Item 2. Amend rule 657—33.3(272C) as follows:
657—33.3(272C) Veteran and spouse licensure or registration. A veteran or spouse with an unrestricted pharmacist license in another jurisdiction may apply for pharmacist licensure in Iowa by license transfer pursuant to rule 657—2.9(147,155A) and this chapter. A veteran or spouse must pass any required examinations to be eligible for pharmacist licensure by license transfer. A veteran or spouse may submit an application for pharmacist-intern registration pursuant to 657—Chapter 4 and this chapter. A veteran or spouse may submit an application for technician registration pursuant to 657—Chapter 3 and this chapter. A veteran or spouse may submit an application for pharmacy support person registration pursuant to 657—Chapter 5 and this chapter.
33.3(1) No change.
33.3(2) Application requirements. Such an application shall contain all of the information required of all applicants for licensure or registration who hold unrestricted licenses or registrations in other jurisdictions and who are applying for licensure or registration, including, but not limited to, completion of all required forms, payment of applicable fees, disclosure of criminal or disciplinary history, and, if applicable, a criminal history background check. In addition, the applicant shall provide such documentation as is reasonably needed to verify the applicant's status as a veteran under Iowa Code section 35.1(2)or a spouse of an active duty member of the military forces of the United States.
33.3(3) Equivalency determination. Upon receipt of a fully completed application for licensure or registration, the board shall promptly determine if the requirements for licensure or registration of scope of practice in the jurisdiction where the veteran or spouse is licensed or registered are is substantially equivalent to the requirements for licensure or registration scope of practice in Iowa. The board may consider the following factors in determining substantial equivalence: scope of practice, education and coursework, degree requirements, and postgraduate experiences.
33.3(4) Licensure or registration approval. The board shall promptly grant a license or registration, as appropriate, to the veteran or spouse if the applicant is licensed or registered in another jurisdiction whose licensure or registration requirements are scope of practice is substantially equivalent to those required the scope of practice in Iowa, unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure or registration based on other grounds, for example, the applicant's disciplinary or criminal background.
33.3(5) Notification of additional requirements and provisional temporary licensure or registration. If the board determines that the veteran or spouse is licensed or registered in another jurisdiction whose licensure or registration requirements are scope of practice is not substantially equivalent to those required the scope of practice in Iowa, the board shall promptly inform the applicant of the additional experience, education , or examinations training required for licensure or registration in Iowa. Unless the applicant is ineligible for licensure or registration based on other grounds, such as disciplinary or criminal background, the following shall apply:
a. If the applicant has not passed the required examination(s) for licensure or registration, the applicant may request that the application be placed in pending status. The board may issue a provisional temporary 90-day license in order for a pharmacist who has applied for license transfer pursuant to rule 657—2.9(147,155A) to take and pass the multistate pharmacy jurisprudence examination (MPJE), Iowa Edition.
b. If additional experience or education or training is required in order for the applicant's qualifications to be considered substantially equivalent, the applicant may request that the board issue a provisional temporary license or registration for a specified period of time upon such conditions as the board deems reasonably necessary to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the public unless the board determines that the deficiency is of a character that the public health, welfare, or safety will be adversely affected if a provisional temporary license or registration is granted.
c. If a request for a provisional temporary license or registration is denied, the board shall issue an order fully explaining the decision and shall inform the applicant of the steps the applicant may take in order to receive a provisional temporary license or registration.
d. If a provisional temporary license or registration is issued, the application for full licensure or registration shall be placed in pending status until the necessary experience or education or training has been successfully completed or the provisional temporary license or registration expires, whichever occurs first. The board may extend a provisional temporary license or registration on a case-by-case basis for good cause.
Item 3. Amend rule 657—33.4(272C) as follows:
657—33.4(272C) Request for contested case. A military service applicant , or a veteran , or a spouse who is aggrieved by the board's decision to deny all or part of the military service credit application, a request for a license transfer, a request for a registration, or a request for provisional temporary license or registration, or is aggrieved by the terms under which a provisional temporary license or registration will be granted, may request a contested case (administrative hearing) and may participate in a contested case by telephone. A request for a contested case shall be made within 30 days of issuance of the board's decision pursuant to 657—subrule 35.30(1). There shall be no fees or costs assessed against the military service applicant, or veteran, or spouse in connection with a contested case conducted pursuant to this chapter.
This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 3/28/2023.
The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.
View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 3/8/2023.
The following administrative rule references were added to this document. You may click a reference to view related notices.Rule 657-2.9 Rule 657-33.1 Rule 657-33.3 Rule 657-33.4 Rule 657-35.26(1)
The following Iowa code references were added to this document. You may click a reference to view related notices.Iowa Code 35.1(2)
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