4778.06 Application for renewal.

(A) An individual seeking to renew a license to practice as a genetic counselor shall, on or before the thirty-first day of January of each even-numbered year, apply for renewal of the license. The state medical board shall send renewal notices at least one month prior to the expiration date.

Renewal applications shall be submitted to the board in a manner prescribed by the board. Each application shall be accompanied by a biennial renewal fee of one hundred fifty dollars.

The applicant shall report any criminal offense to which the applicant has pleaded guilty, of which the applicant has been found guilty, or for which the applicant has been found eligible for intervention in lieu of conviction, since last signing an application for a license to practice as a genetic counselor.

(B) To be eligible for renewal, a genetic counselor shall certify to the board that the counselor has done both of the following:

(1) Maintained the counselor's status as a certified genetic counselor;

(2) Completed at least thirty hours of continuing education in genetic counseling that has been approved by the national society of genetic counselors or American board of genetic counseling.

(C) If an applicant submits a renewal application that the board considers to be complete and qualifies for renewal pursuant to division (B) of this section, the board shall issue to the applicant a renewed license to practice as a genetic counselor.

(D) The board may require a random sample of genetic counselors to submit materials documenting that their status as certified genetic counselors has been maintained and that the number of hours of continuing education required under division (B)(2) of this section has been completed.

If a genetic counselor certifies that the genetic counselor has completed the number of hours and type of continuing education required for renewal of a license, and the board finds through the random sample or any other means that the genetic counselor did not complete the requisite continuing education, the board may impose a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars. The board's finding shall be made pursuant to an adjudication under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and by an affirmative vote of not fewer than six members. A civil penalty imposed under this division may be in addition to or in lieu of any other action the board may take under section 4778.14 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.120, HB 292, §1, eff. 9/6/2012.