Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 609-4-.02 - Professional Competence

(1) Licensees shall provide services and supervision of services only for which they have been properly prepared and shall permit their staff to provide services only for which they are properly prepared.
(2) Licensees shall maintain accurate and complete records of professional services rendered, including but not limited to:
(a) records of tests and procedures used in the evaluation of speech, language and hearing disorders, and for determination of the need for any products dispensed or services delivered;
(b) records of products dispensed, such as hearing aids, augmentative communication devices, alaryngeal devices, etc., which describe the product including serial number when applicable, document any applicable warranties or guarantees accompanying the product, state whether the product is new or used and the price of the product, if sold, and the name and address of both the licensee and the intended user of the product;
(c) for the audiologist dispensing hearing aids, evidence of having met all requirements promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services applicable to the dispensing of hearing aids.
(d) for audiometers used in service provision, calibration reports containing as a minimum:
1. audiometer identification including make, model, and serial number,
2. calibrator's identification including company name and location and name of individual performing the calibration,
3. date of calibration, and
4. post-calibration readings for all signal outputs, signal leakage and attenuation linearity.
(3) Licensees shall identify and use qualified referral sources for persons served professionally.
(4) Licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, excluding those holding a provisional license, shall delegate only those portions of their practice which do not require the professional competence of a licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist, and that have been approved by the Board.
(5) Licensees shall provide supervision of and assume full responsibility for clinical services offered by supportive personnel.
(6) Licensees shall not require anyone under their supervision to engage in any practice that is a violation of the Rules of the Georgia Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
(7) Licensees shall use calibrated equipment in the delivery of professional services and shall maintain any calibration reports for at least 36 months. Appropriate equipment shall be calibrated in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, or for audiometers at least annually, and the post-calibration readings shall meet or exceed applicable ANSI standards.
(8) Licensees shall inform the Board when they have reason to believe that a licensee has violated the Rules of the Board and shall cooperate fully with the Board concerning matters of professional conduct.
(9) Licensees shall inform he Board when they have reason to believe that individuals are holding themselves out to the public to be Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists (SLPs/Auds.) or to practice SLP/Aud. without a license, except as provided by O.C.G.A. 43-44-7.


Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 609-4-.02
O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-44-3, 43-44-6, 43-44-7, 43-1-19.
Original Rule entitled "Professional Competence" adopted. F. Nov. 19, 1990; eff. Dec. 9, 1990. Amended: F. Aug. 16, 1994; eff. Sept. 4, 1994. Amended: . F. May 30, 1996; eff. June 19, 1996. Amended: F. Mar. 15, 2007; eff. Apr. 4, 2007.

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