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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  March 31, 2017
    Volume 44 • Issue 7 • Pages 378—379
    Title 10
    Subtitle 34 BOARD OF PHARMACY
    10.34.02 Examination for Licensure and Professional Experience Programs
    Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§12-205 and 12-302, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 10.34.02 Examination for Licensure and Professional Experience Programs. This action was considered by the Board of Pharmacy at a public meeting held  November 16, 2016, notice of which was given by publication on the Board of Pharmacy website, http://dhmh.maryland.gov/pharmacy/SitePages/Home.aspx, from October 19, 2016, to November 16, 2016, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to allow a pharmacy applicant who graduated from an English-speaking school to be deemed proficient in the oral communication of English in accordance with Ch. 475, Acts of 2016 (H.B. 117 State Board of Pharmacy — Licensure Requirements for Pharmacists — Proof of Proficiency in English).
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    The proposed action has no economic impact.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through May 1, 2017. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .03 Licensure Examinations.
    A.—C. (text unchanged)
    D. Passing Grades—Exam II.
    (1) Prescreening Test of Oral English Competency.
    (a)—(g) (text unchanged)
    (h) An applicant who has graduated from a recognized English-speaking professional school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education is deemed to be proficient in the oral communication of the English language in satisfaction of requirements of the prescreening test.
    (2) Test of Oral English Competency.
    (a)—(b) (text unchanged)
    (c) Waiver. The Board shall waive the requirement as set forth under §D(2)(a) of this regulation if the applicant graduated from a recognized English-speaking professional school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
    (3)—(7) (text unchanged)
    Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene