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Chapter 430-9 CERTIFICATION FOR USE OF DIAGNOSTIC AGENTS

Rule 430-9-.01 Educational Requirements

(1) Graduates Within 5 Years (1975 And Later). Certification from a school of Optometry that the doctor of optometry is educationally qualified to use agents for diagnostic purposes. Eight (8) quarter hours or 96 Board approved clock hours shall be the minimum requirement.
(2) Graduates From 1974 And Earlier. A minimum of 96 clock hours of Board approved education must be taken subsequent to graduation in pharmacology specifically related to topical application to the eye of pharmaceutical agents for diagnostic purposes. This education is to be approved only for pharmaceutical certification.

Rule 430-9-.02 Enforcement

(1) Any doctor of optometry who is not certified by the Board to use topically applied pharmaceutical agents for diagnostic purposes, but who uses such agents for any purpose in the practice of optometry, is guilty of unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 43-1-19 and 43-30-9.
(2) Any doctor of optometry who is certified by the Board to use topically applied pharmaceutical agents for diagnostic purposes, and who uses such agents for any purpose other than for diagnosis or who causes such agents to be used outside the direct supervision of the doctor of optometry is guilty of unprofessional conduct and shall be subject to disciplinary sanctions pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 43-1-19 and 43-30-9, provided, however, that nothing in this Rule shall prohibit a doctor of optometry who is certified for using pharmaceutical agents for treatment purposes from utilizing such agents in accordance with the law and rules and regulations of the Board.