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VA National Standards of Practice

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Providing Feedback on Proposed National Standards of Practice

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosted a series of five virtual Public Listening Sessions for stakeholders to provide input on known state variances for health care occupations. VA held the listening sessions from August through September 2023. Each session focused on a list of occupations grouped by service type. Listening sessions excluded occupations where VA had already provided a formal feedback period for their proposed VA national standard of practice on the Federal Register. All suggestions made during the listening sessions will be used to improve and inform the content included in VA’s proposed national standards of practice. Recordings and transcripts of each listening session can be accessed on the Resources page.

Providing Feedback on Proposed National Standards of Practice

Prior to publication of national standards in VA policy, the general public and VA employees are invited to participate in the development process by providing feedback on proposed standards. Public and employee participation is appreciated and will help VA ensure the quality of the standards. VA will give serious consideration to all comments received on each national standard.

Each proposed national standard of practice will be posted for a period of 60 days to both the Federal Register and to a VA intranet page for employees to provide comments. The Federal Register is the official publication site for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. VA employees may provide feedback through VA internal mechanisms.

This website page provides the posting date, closing date, and identifying information for each occupation's national standard.

National Standards of Practice Open for Feedback


Occupation of Standard 

Date Posted

Comment Due Date

Federal Register Number

Regulations Document ID  

Marriage and Family Therapist

4/26/2024

6/25/2024

2024-09033

 VA-2024-VACO-0001-0099

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

5/14/2024

7/15/2024

2024-10528

VA-2024-VACO-0001-0120  

Medical Technologist

5/24/2024

7/23/2024

2024-11411

VA-2024-VACO-0001-0125  




National Standards of Practice Closed for Feedback

Occupation of Standard

Date Posted

Date Closed

Federal Register Number

Regulations Document ID

Peer Specialist

3/12/2024

5/13/2024

2024-05237

VA-2024-VACO-0001-0055

Art Therapist 

7/28/2023

9/26/2023

2023-16008

 VA-2023-VACO-0002-0128

Dance/Movement Therapist

7/28/2023

9/26/2023

2023-16006

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0131

Drama Therapist

7/28/2023

9/26/2023

2023-16004 

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0129 

Music Therapist

7/28/2023

9/26/2023

2023-16005

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0132

Recreation Therapist

7/28/2023

9/26/2023

2023-16007

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0130

Cytotechnologist

5/16/2023

7/17/2023

2023-10426

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0084

Histopathology Technologist

5/16/2023

7/17/2023

2023-10424

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0085

Orthotist, Prosthetist, Prosthetist-Orthotist

3/14/2023 

5/15/2023

2023-05142

VA-2023-VACO-002-0024 

 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

3/14/2023

5/15/2023

2023-05143 

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0026

Therapeutic Medical Physicist

3/14/2023

5/15/2023 

2023-05141

VA-2023-VACO-0002-0025 

Kinesiotherapist

7/29/2022

9/27/2022

2022-16326

VA-2022-VACO-0001-0204

Ophthalmology Technician

7/29/2022

9/27/2022

2022-16325 

VA-2022-VACO-0001-0201

Blind Rehabilitation Specialist

7/1/2022 

8/30/2022 

2022-14033 

VA-2022-VACO-0001-0192

Certified Nurse Midwife

5/25/2016

7/25/2016

2016-29950

VA-2016-VHA-0011 

Clinical Nurse Practitioner

5/25/2016

7/25/2016

2016-29950 

VA-2016-VHA-0011
 

Clinical Nurse Specialist

5/25/2016

7/25/2016

2016-29950

VA-2016-VHA-0011 

 

National Standards of Practice Still In Development


Acupuncturist

       

Addiction Therapist

       

Audiologist

       

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

       

Chiropractor

       

Clinical Pharmacist

       

Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner

       

Dental Assistant

       

Dental Hygienist

       

Dentist

       

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

       

Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic

       

Genetic Counselor

       

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse

       

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

       

Massage Therapist

       

Occupational Therapist

       

Occupational Therapy Assistant

       

Optometrist

       

Perfusionist

       

Pharmacy Technician

       

Physical Therapist

       

Physical Therapy Assistant

       

Physician

       

Physician Assistant 

       

Podiatrist

       

Psychologist

       

Radiologist Assistant

       

Registered Nurse

       

Rehabilitation Counselor

       

Respiratory Therapist

       

Social Worker

       

Speech Language Pathologist

       

Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist