(A) The board of speech-language pathology and audiology may make reasonable rules necessary for the administration of this chapter. The board shall adopt rules to ensure ethical standards of practice by speech-language pathologists and audiologists licensed or permitted pursuant to this chapter. All rules adopted under this chapter shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(B) The board shall determine the nature and scope of examinations to be administered to applicants for licensure pursuant to this chapter in the practices of speech-language pathology and audiology, and shall evaluate the qualifications of all applicants. Written examinations may be supplemented by such practical and oral examinations as the board shall determine by rule. The board shall determine by rule the minimum examination score for licensure. Licensure shall be granted independently in speech-language pathology and audiology. The board shall maintain a current public record of all persons licensed, to be made available upon request.
(C) The board shall publish and make available, upon request, the licensure and permit standards prescribed by this chapter and rules adopted pursuant thereto.
(D) The board shall submit to the governor each year a report of all its official actions during the preceding year together with any recommendations and findings with regard to the improvement of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
(E) The board shall investigate all alleged irregularities in the practices of speech-language pathology and audiology by persons licensed or permitted pursuant to this chapter and any violations of this chapter or rules adopted by the board. The board shall not investigate the practice of any person specifically exempted from licensure under this chapter by section 4753.12 of the Revised Code, as long as the person is practicing within the scope of the person's license or is carrying out responsibilities as described in division (G) or (H) of section 4753.12 of the Revised Code and does not claim to be a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. In conducting investigations under this division, the board may administer oaths, order the taking of depositions, issue subpoenas, and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, accounts, papers, records, documents, and testimony. In any case of disobedience or neglect of any subpoena served on any person or the refusal of any witness to testify to any matter regarding which the witness may lawfully be interrogated, the court of common pleas of any county where such disobedience, neglect, or refusal occurs or any judge thereof, on application by the board, shall compel obedience by attachment proceedings for contempt, as in the case of disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena issued from such court, or a refusal to testify therein.
(F) The board shall conduct such hearings and keep such records and minutes as are necessary to carry out this chapter.
(G) The board shall adopt a seal by which it shall authenticate its proceedings. Copies of the proceedings, records, and acts signed by the chairperson or executive director and authenticated by such seal shall be prima-facie evidence thereof in all courts of this state.
Effective Date: 01-01-2002; 2007 SB143 06-30-2007