Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Department 430 - RULES OF GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY.
Chapter 430-2 - REGISTRATION
Rule 430-2-.08 - Volunteers in Optometry
RULE 430-2-.08. Volunteers in Optometry
(1) The Board may issue volunteer licenses in its discretion when it has identified an area of this state in which there is an urgent, unfilled need for optometric services, and when it has located a competent optometrist to fulfill such need. In granting these volunteer licenses, the Board shall observe the following criteria:
(a) Need of the Community. A volunteer license shall be issued for the purpose of serving indigent patients in areas of this state in which there is inadequate personnel to supply optometric services. In determining what constitutes an inadequate supply of optometry personnel, the Board shall consider various factors, including the optometrist-patient ratio in the area in question, the distance between patients and existing optometrist, the misdistribution of particular types of specialty care, and any other factors which are indicative of an absence of adequate optometric services in or reasonably accessible to the area in question. Any group or groups of persons seeking to secure such an optometrist for a community shall supply the Board with all information necessary for it to make a determination as to the existence of all the foregoing factors.
(b) Qualification of the Optometrist.
1. The optometrist must submit an application for a volunteer license to the Board and must be retired from the practice of optometry and not currently engaged in such practice either full time or part time and has, prior to retirement, maintained full licensure in good standing;
2. As a condition precedent to a volunteer license being issued, after five (5) years have passed without the applicant being engaged in the direct observation and treatment of patients, the Board, in its discretion, may require a refresher course or the passage of an examination administered by the board or a testing agency designated and approved by the Board;
3. If the Board determines there is demonstrated inability and reasonable grounds to inquire into an applicants mental and physical capacity, the applicant may be asked to submit a statement from a physician attesting to the applicant's physical and mental capacity;
4. If the applicant is not in compliance with the continuing education requirements established by the Board at the time application is made for the volunteer license, the applicant may be issued a nonrenewable temporary license to practice for six months provided the applicant is otherwise qualified for such license. During the period of time the licensee maintains such license, the licensee must comply with the continuing education requirements established by the Board;
5. There shall be no application or licensing fee for initial issuance of a volunteer license;
6. Volunteer licenses shall expire at the close of December 31 in all odd-numbered years, and shall be administratively revoked for failure to renew on January 31 of the following even-numbered year. Fees for license renewal shall be assessed as shown on the schedule of fees adopted by the board. Licenses which have been administratively revoked shall be reinstated only in the discretion of the board;
7. Any other provisions of Chapter 30, Title 43 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated not inconsistent with the intent and purpose of the provisional license statute shall be fully applicable to all licensed optometrist.
O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-19, 43-1-25, 43-1-28, 43-30-5, 43-30-8.(Original Rule entitled "Volunteers in Optometry" adopted. F. Apr. 26, 2006; eff. May 16, 2006.)