State of Iowa Begins O&P Licensure Administrative Rules Process

After successfully lobbying and passing licensure for orthotists, prosthetists and pedorthists in 2012, 2013 was spent lobbying for specific implementation changes to ensure currently practicing, certified orthotists and prosthetists are able to obtain a license in Iowa under the new regulations.

Earlier this month, the Iowa Board of Podiatry, which is the official licensing body for the new orthotist and prosthetist licensure, met to develop initial draft administrative rules to ensure a smooth transition and grace period until licensure requirements become active in July 2015.

The new draft administrative rules lay out licensing fees, grandfathering provisions and effective dates of enactment. The license will cost $600 prior to July 1, 2015 (end of grandfather period) and $300 after July 1, 2015 when all rules are enacted. The fee will be paid biannual and renewal will be $300.

The grandfathering rules allow a currently practicing orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist to become licensed prior to the new qualifications being enacted. Grandfathering provisions are as follows:

645-221.2 Transition period. Current practitioners of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics who submit a completed application and appropriate licensure fee to the Board office on or prior to June 30, 2014 may be issued an initial license based on the following criteria:
1. Verification of current certification in good standing as an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, Incorporated. The verification must be submitted to the Board directly from the accrediting body. Or
2. Verification of current certification in good standing as an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist from the Board of Certification, International. The verification must be submitted to the Board directly from the accrediting body. Or
3. Verification of continuous practice as an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist for at least five of seven years in an accredited and bonded facility. The five years of continuous practice must occur between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2014.

These new draft rules will be subject to a public hearing and comment period in September 2013 and will become effective on or before January 1, 2014. Contact OPGA with additional questions relating to the Iowa licensure law, requirements and enactment dates.

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