Fall 2003 Newsletter (Volume 20, No. 3)

President's Column
By Mack Smith
This is the time of year that CLEAR�s president sums up the activities of the preceding months before turning over the helm to a new leader.  Perhaps most satisfying to me is that this has been a year of increased financial stability for CLEAR following a fairly difficult two years. Many of you are experiencing your own unprecedented budgetary woes, yet you continue to support our important organization and for that I thank you.

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners Adopts New Rules
In the 2003 Regular Legislative Session, HB 1095, relating to prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses, was passed and signed into law. HB 1095 amended the Medical Practice Act to permit physicians to delegate authority to prescribe controlled substances listed in schedules III through V to advanced practice nurses. 

The Canadian Drug Store Inc. Pleads Guilty
The Ontario College of Pharmacists announced a resolution of its case against The Canadian Drug Store et. al. 

Board Actions
The Board of Directors voted on August 18, 2003 to reduce the size of the Board from 15 to 11.

CLEAR Net News (More)

Still Time to Register for 2003 Annual Conference
You can still get registered for CLEAR's 2003 Annual Conference in Toronto.  We're looking forward to a great conference, so come and join us.

Mandatory CE Requirements

The Continuing Education Extension, University of Wisconsin - Extension has developed an updated directory of mandatory continuing education for credentialed professions/occupations.  The following chart is a snapshot of the requirements in effect July 1, 2003.


Health Fields Fight Cheating on Tests
Reprinted with permission from the Pittsburg Post-Gazette
On the heels of cheating scandals that threatened the licensing process in three health professions, test administrators are striking back with novel legal strategies, Internet police work and a willingness to bar suspected cheaters from the professions.

International News

At its meeting on June 16-17, 2003 the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market of the European Union (EU) Parliament, concern was expressed about the proposed Mutual Recognition Directive.

Calendar of Events (More)


CLEAR is a dynamic forum for improving the quality and understanding of regulation in order to enhance public protection

Pam Brinegar
, Executive Director

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