36-24-12.1. Authority of Board of Hearing Aid Dispensers and Audiologists.

The board may:

(1)    Establish educational, training, and competency standards governing the examination and practice of licensees using board-approved national accrediting agencies and accepted nationally established standards, if applicable;

(2)    Examine an eligible applicant for a hearing aid dispensing license;

(3)    Issue a license to an applicant who has met the licensure requirements of this chapter and renew the licenses of audiologists and hearing aid dispensers who meet the renewal requirements for licensure of this chapter;

(4)    Establish continuing education requirements;

(5)    Establish a budget;

(6)    Establish peer review committees for audiologists and licensed hearing aid dispensers for review purposes;

(7)    Employ personnel in accordance with the needs and budget of the board;

(8)    Establish and collect fees as provided for by this chapter;

(9)    Enter into contracts as necessary to carry out the board’s responsibilities pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;

(10)    Revoke, suspend, refuse to issue or renew a license, issue a letter of reprimand or concern, require restitution of fees, or impose probationary conditions in the manner provided in this chapter;

(11)    Issue subpoenas, examine witnesses, administer oaths, conduct hearings, and investigate allegations, in accordance with chapter 36-1C, of violations of this chapter and impose penalties if such violations of this chapter have occurred;

(12)    Communicate disciplinary actions and licensure status to relevant state and federal governing bodies as may be required, including the National Practitioner Data Bank; and

(13)    Carry out the purposes and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

Source: SL 1997, ch 221, § 18; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 36; SL 2024, ch 159, § 11.