By Deanna Williams
It's a pleasure to assume the leadership of this organization at a
time when CLEAR is poised to move forward in so many productive
ways. My predecessor, Mack Smith, is to be commended for ensuring
CLEAR's stability and, for the first time since the unexpected events of
September 2001, refocusing its outlook toward the future.
Pushes the Boundaries at Toronto Annual Conference
CLEAR's 2003 Conference in
were treated to more than 30 sessions on topics as diverse as
"Defending Your Licensure Examination Program" and "National Security - Regulation and Emergency Preparedness."
Sessions were both thought-provoking and informative and provided
insight into regulatory practices that could be taken back and
implemented in attendees' jurisdictions.
The Board of Directors took the following actions during the
September 11, 2003 meeting and the October 29, 2003 teleconference.
saw the European Commission release an overview
of regulation in European Union (EU) member states that highlights
different approaches across the continent.
The Loss of a Legend Benjamin Shimberg was a seminal thinker
who not only believed, but also demonstrated, that one individual can
make a difference in the lives of many. His efforts focused
regulatory legislative activity on protecting consumers rather than
Report on Health Licensing Boards and Governance Structure
received a copy of the Minnesota Health Licensing Boards' report on "Health
Licensing Boards and Governance Structure." Looking at
governance structure for regulating health professionals, the report's purpose
was to 1.) explore and clarify models of professional regulation; 2.) define
what it means for regulating bodies to be "effective"; and 3.)
describe models of occupational regulation in terms of the criteria for
*NABP launches practice examination for pharmacists preparing to
take the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination.
*Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services issues final rule
requiring foreign-educated health care professionals seeking temporary
or permanent visas to obtain VisaScreen.
*National Council of State Boards of Nursing releases two new reports.
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