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Extension of DCA Director's Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-39-20, on June 4, 2020, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions (June 4 Order), which contained two waivers regarding the veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR).
With respect to telemedicine restrictions related to the VCPR, the June 4, 2020 waiver was extended on July 31, 2020September 17, 2020December 15, 2020, and February 26, 2021, so that the waiver was in effect through April 30, 2021. On April 30, 2021, the Director issued a new Order (April 30 Order) further extending the June 4 Order waiving, until June 30, 2021, specified telemedicine restrictions related to the VCPR.
For prescription refills associated with the VCPR, the June 4 Order authorized prescription refills up to 18 months for refills based on an in-person examination of an animal patient last performed by a veterinarian between June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019. On November 25, 2020, the Director withdrew and superseded that waiver and issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 20 months for refills based on an in-person examination of the animal patient last performed by the veterinarian between June 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019.
On July 31, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between August 2, 2020, and October 1, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On September 17, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between October 2, 2020, and December 31, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On December 15, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between January 1, 2021, and February 28, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On January 26, 2021, the Director issued an order, which withdrew and superseded the June 4 Order and July 31, 2020 Order as they pertained to California Code of Regulations, title 16, section 2032.1, subsection (c). The January 26, 2021 Order also withdrew and superseded the November 25, 2020 Order.
On February 26, 2021, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between March 1, 2021, and April 30, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
The April 30 Order authorizes prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may not be refilled between May 1, 2021, and June 30, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.

DCA Director Waivers Related to Ordering and Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

On March 30, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued the following waivers related to ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in connection with state, local, or institutional vaccination efforts:
  1. For licensed midwives, physician assistants, respiratory care practitioners, and veterinarians, DCA-21-137 waives any statutory or regulatory provision in Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC) and the implementing regulations to the extent that such provision prohibits those licensed healthcare professionals from independently ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA in connection with a state, local, or institutional COVID-19 vaccination effort. To qualify for the waiver, those licensed healthcare professionals must satisfy requirements specified in the waiver order. Licensed midwives and veterinarians cannot presently order and administer COVID-19 vaccines; however, the waiver order would enable them to do so independently, consistent with the federal declaration. Physician assistants and respiratory care practitioners can currently administer COVID-19 vaccines with limitations; however, the waiver order would remove existing limitations and enable physician assistants and respiratory care practitioners to order and administer vaccines independently.
  2. For persons with an expired, inactive, or lapsed healthcare license, including physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, respiratory care practitioners, dentists, physician assistants, podiatrists, optometrists, or veterinarians, DCA-21-140 waives any statutory or regulatory provision in BPC, Division 2 and the implementing regulations to the extent that such provision prohibits those individuals from independently ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA in connection with a state, local, or institutional vaccination effort if, among other things, they satisfy the following conditions: (1) the individual held an active license or certification within the last five years; and, (2) the license was in active and good standing prior to becoming inactive, expired or lapsed, and it was not revoked or surrendered, and the individual is not on the Inspector General's List of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Expired, inactive, or lapsed licensees cannot currently order and administer COVID-19 vaccines; however, the waiver would enable them to do so, subject to the conditions discussed above.
  3. For healthcare students, including medical, nursing, pharmacist, midwife, physician assistant, respiratory care practitioner, dentist, podiatry, optometry, and veterinarian students, DCA-21-139 waives any statutory or regulatory provision in BPC, Division 2 and the implementing regulations to the extent that such provision prohibits them from administering COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA in connection with a state, local, or institutional vaccination effort if, among other things, they are: (1) appropriately trained, as determined by the student's educational program; and, (2) supervised when giving vaccines by a practicing healthcare professional experienced in giving intramuscular injections. Some healthcare students can already order and/or administer vaccines. Dentist, midwife, optometry, and veterinarian students currently cannot administer COVID-19 vaccines; however, the waiver would allow them to do so, subject to the conditions discussed above.


DCA DIRECTOR'S ORDER WAIVING LICENSE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Pursuant to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-39-20, on March 30, 2020, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued an Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements (Order). This Order applies to individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021, and temporarily waives:
  1. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and
  2. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license.
Licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this Order, unless further extended. The temporary waivers do not relieve the licensee from timely complying with any other renewal requirements (e.g., submitting required renewal forms to the Veterinary Medical Board) and do not apply to continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against the licensee.

On October 22, 2020, December 15, 2020, and February 26, 2021, the Director issued related Orders Waiving License Renewal Requirements. With the issuance of DCA-21-134 on March 30, 2021, those prior Orders are withdrawn and rescinded.

Face-to-Face Training Waiver Extension

On March 30, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued another 60-day waiver extension order to extend, through May 30, 2021, the June 4, 2020 waiver order relating to the requirement that veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed in another state and seeking California licensure from the Veterinary Medical Board, and temporary licensees complete a "face-to-face" training class in California in order to qualify for licensure.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order waived the requirement that training for veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed out-of-state, and temporary licensees must be conducted "face-to-face" in California, so that the training may be conducted via appropriate electronic means. The June 4, 2020 waiver order originally was set to expire on August 3, 2020.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order was previously extended on July 31, 2020, and was set to expire on October 2, 2020. On September 17, 2020, the DCA Director further extended the face-to-face training waiver order through December 1, 2020. The June 4, 2020 waiver was further extended on November 25, 2020, through January 30, 2021, and again on January 26, 2021, through March 31, 2021.


DCA Director's Order Extending Time to Satisfy Examination Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some license applicants have had limited or no access to the examinations needed for licensure. On September 30, 2020, the California Department of Consumer Affairs Director issued an order extending the deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applicants to take and pass the veterinarian license examinations in order give more time to veterinarian applicants to take the examinations necessary for licensure, a required step to obtain a license with the Veterinary Medical Board. This extension applied to veterinarian applicants whose 60-month period expired between March 31, 2020 and November 30, 2020.
On November 25, 2020, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between December 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021.
On January 26, 2021, the Director issued an order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between February 1, 2021, and April 2, 2021.

On March 30, 2021, the Director issued a new order extending the examination deadline from 60 months to 66 months for veterinarian applications whose 60-month period expires between April 3, 2021, and June 1, 2021


Expedited Licensure for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas

Beginning January 1, 2021, individuals in the following categories who apply for licensure with the Veterinary Medical Board may seek an expedited licensure process.

  1. Refugees pursuant to section 1157 of title 8 of the United States Code;
  2. Those granted asylum by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General of the United States pursuant to section 1158 of title 8 of the United States Code; or,
  3. Individuals with a special immigrant visa that have been granted a status pursuant to section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, Public Law 109-163, or section 602(b) of title VI of division F of Public Law 111-8.

In order to receive the expedited licensure process, individuals must provide documentation of their refugee, asylee, or special immigrant visa status when submitting their application package. Please note that this does not mean a license must be issued, but simply that the process will be expedited.

Click here for information and documentation examples. (1.30.21)

Face-to-Face Training Waiver Extension

On January 26, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued another 60-day waiver extension order to extend, through March 31, 2021, the June 4, 2020 waiver order relating to the requirement that veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed in another state and seeking California licensure from the Board, and temporary licensees complete a "face-to-face" training class in California in order to qualify for licensure.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order waived the requirement that training for veterinarian license applicants, who are already licensed out-of-state, and temporary licensees must be conducted "face-to-face" in California, so that the training may be conducted via appropriate electronic means. The June 4, 2020 waiver order originally was set to expire on August 3, 2020.

The June 4, 2020 waiver order was previously extended on July 31, 2020, and was set to expire on October 2, 2020. On September 17, 2020, the DCA Director further extended the face-to-face training waiver order through December 1, 2020. The June 4, 2020 waiver was further extended on November 25, 2020, through January 30, 2021.(1.28.21)

Extension of Time to Refill Veterinary Prescriptions

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-39-20, on January 26, 2021, the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued another extension of the June 4, 2020 Order Waiving Restrictions on Telemedicine and Extending Time to Refill Prescriptions (June 4 Order). The January 26, 2021 Order extends the waiver for a total period not to exceed 24 months from the date a veterinarian last examined the animal and prescribed the drug for prescriptions that may not be refilled between June 1, 2020, and October 1, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation in California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 16, section 2032.1, subsection (c).
The June 4 Order waived the provision in CCR, title 16, section 2032.1, subsection (c), to the extent it prohibits a veterinarian from prescribing a drug for a duration longer than one year from the date the veterinarian examined the animal and prescribed the drug. The June 4 Order applied to prescriptions that could not be refilled between June 1, 2020, and August 1, 2020, and authorized prescription refills up to 18 months for refills based on an in-person examination of an animal patient last performed by a veterinarian between June 1, 2019, and August 1, 2019. On November 25, 2020, the Director withdrew and superseded that waiver and issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 20 months for refills based on an in-person examination of the animal patient last performed by the veterinarian between June 1, 2019, and August 1, 2019.
On July 31, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that could not be refilled between August 2, 2020, and October 1, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On September 17, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may be not be refilled between October 2, 2020, and December 31, 2020, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
On December 15, 2020, the Director issued an order authorizing prescription refills up to 18 months for prescriptions that may be not be refilled between January 1, 2021, and February 28, 2021, due to the one-year time limitation for refilling a prescription from the date the veterinarian last examined the animal patient and prescribed the drug.
The January 26, 2021 Order withdrew and superseded the June 4 Order and July 31, 2020 Order as they pertained to CCR, title 16, section 2032.1, subsection (c). The January 26, 2021 Order also withdrew and superseded the November 25, 2020 Order. (1.28.21)

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Assembly Bill 149 Controlled Substance Requirements - Additional Guidance

The Veterinary Medical Board (Board) is sharing the following guidance regarding instances where a prescriber may not have utilized a compliant security prescription form for a controlled substance on and after January 1, 2021, as required by Assembly Bill 149 (Statutes of 2019).
To reduce potential negative impact to patients, the Board would like to remind prescribers and pharmacists of the provisions related to oral or electronically transmitted prescriptions for any controlled substance classified in Schedule III, IV and V, Health and Safety Code section 11164(b). Additionally, the Board encourages prescribers and pharmacists to work together as appropriate to address the needs of patients in possession of noncompliant forms.
For additional information on new compliant security prescription forms, please see the Joint Statement and FAQs from the California Department of Justice, the California State Board of Pharmacy, and the Medical Board of California. (1.5.21)

Effective January 1, 2021: New Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances

Prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances should be aware of these two upcoming requirements in state law.
1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements
Starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements, including a 12-character serial number and corresponding barcode, to appear on California Security Prescription Forms. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers approved by the California Department of Justice's California Security Prescription Printers Program.
The Veterinary Medical Board urges licensees to verify their prescription forms are compliant with state law prior to issuing prescriptions. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to place an order as soon as possible from a Security Prescription Printer approved by the Department of Justice. Doing so will help ensure you receive compliant prescription pads in a timely manner.
California-approved security printers have been issuing these prescription pads since the beginning of 2020. Starting January 1, 2021, except for limited emergency situations, pharmacists will be unable to fill a controlled substances prescription that is not on a compliant form.
For more information, please refer to the AB 149 Joint Statement.
2. Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances
Beginning January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported by the dispensing pharmacy, clinic, or other dispenser to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient's representative. Veterinarians are exempt from this requirement and are required to report as soon as reasonably possible, but not more than seven days after the controlled substance is dispensed. (Health and Safety Code section 11165, subdivision (i).)
Further, this law requires reporting the dispensing of Schedules II, III, IV, and V drugs dispensed by a pharmacist, clinic, or other dispenser, including a veterinarian. (Health and Safety Code section 11165, subdivision (d).) (12.22.20)

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The California Department of Justice (DOJ) has provided a list of confirmed sites throughout California
that are currently providing Livescan services.
This list, as of April 27, 2020, is available on our website here.  (PDF is also HERE)
The Veterinary Medical Board will continue to revise its website as DOJ provides updated information to the Board.

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has issued the following waivers and rules for RVTS:

1.  Renewals - Licensees can indicate they did NOT meet the CE requirement, and it will not deny renewals.  

They will still have to complete the CE, but they will have until 6 months after the state of emergency is lifted.

2. Lapsed Licenses - Requirements for reinstating an inactiveretired, or canceled license can be waived (must apply for the reinstatement using the waiver application). 

The limitation is five years from expiration or when the license went in inactive/retired status.  There also cannot be any discipline.

3. Fingerprints are still required for licensure -  DOJ has a link to live scan sites that are open: oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/locations

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