Genetic Counselors

216-RICR-40-05-36 ACTIVE RULE

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36.3Application for License and Fees

36.4Requirements for Licensure

36.5Provisional Licenses

36.6Refusal, Revocation, Suspension, or Cancellation of a License

36.7Practices and Procedures


Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 40 Professional Licensing and Facility Regulation
Subchapter 05 Professional Licensing
Part 36 Genetic Counselors
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 11/28/2023

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § Chapter 5-92

Purpose and Reason:

The regulatory changes proposed in this filing are identical to the regulatory language currently in effect as of 10/01/2023. The effective version was originally noticed for public comment on 07/27/2023. During that public comment period, a technical error within the RICR system may have prevented comments submitted through RICR’s attachment field from being received by the agency. Any comments submitted directly through RICR’s text box option (with no attachments) or submitted directly to the agency were processed successfully. 

As a result of the technical error, the agency is repromulgating the regulatory changes (effective as of 10/01/2023) to ensure that the public has full access to submit public comments as originally intended. The regulatory language included in this notice redlines changes made in the most recent promulgation. The agency is noticing these changes for additional public comment.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is proposing to adopt Genetic Counselors (216-RICR-40-05-36) in response to the passing of the Genetic Counselors Licensing Act (R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-92) which was enacted on June 29, 2022. According to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-92-5(2): “the Department shall have the following powers and duties…to promulgate regulations and adopt such rules as are necessary to regulate genetic counselors.” Therefore, these regulations are being promulgated to regulate the practice of genetic counseling and to set the requirements for licensure as a genetic counselor in Rhode Island.