|(a) Respiratory care practitioners issued a certificate
under the Act shall register biennially and pay a fee. A respiratory
care practitioner may, on notification from the advisory board, renew
an unexpired certificate by submitting the required form and documents
(including fingerprints if required as required by §604.1523
of the Act) and by paying the required renewal fee, as set forth in
§175.2 of this title (relating to Registration and Renewal Fees),
to the advisory board on or before the expiration date of the certificate.
The renewal fee shall be prorated in accordance with §604.151
of the Act. The fee shall accompany the required form which legibly
sets forth the certificate holder's name, mailing address, business
address, and other necessary information prescribed by the advisory
(b) As a prerequisite to renewal, a respiratory care
practitioner shall attest to completion of continuing education during
the renewal period as required by §186.10 of this chapter (relating
to Continuing Education Requirements).
(c) Falsification of an affidavit or submission of
false information to obtain renewal of a certificate shall subject
a respiratory care practitioner to denial of the renewal and/or to
discipline pursuant to the Act, §§604.201-.203.
(d) If the renewal fee and completed application form
are not received on or before the expiration date of the certificate,
the fees set forth in §175.3 of this title (relating to Penalties)
(e) The advisory board shall not waive fees or penalties.
(f) The advisory board shall stagger biennial renewal
of respiratory care practitioners proportionally on a periodic basis.
(g) Practicing as a respiratory care practitioner as
defined in the Act without a biennially renewed certificate as provided
for in the advisory board rules has the same force and effect as and
is subject to all penalties of practicing as a respiratory care practitioner
without a certificate.
(h) Respiratory care practitioners shall inform the
advisory board of address changes on the form prescribed by the advisory
board within 30 days of the effective date of the address change.
(i) The board shall provide written notice to each
practitioner at the practitioner's address of record at least 30 days
prior to the expiration date of the certificate.
(j) Expired Biennial Certificates.
(1) If a respiratory care practitioner's certificate
has been expired for less than one year, the respiratory care practitioner
may obtain a new certificate by submitting to the advisory board a
completed application, the renewal fee, as defined in §175.2
of this title, and the penalty fee, as defined in §175.3 of this
title (relating to Penalties).
(2) If a respiratory care practitioner's certificate
has been expired for one year or longer, the respiratory care practitioner's
certificate is automatically canceled, unless an investigation is
pending, and the respiratory care practitioner may not renew the certificate.
The person may obtain a new certificate by complying with the requirements
and procedures, including the examination requirements, for obtaining
an original certificate.
(3) A person whose certificate or temporary permit
has expired may not engage in activities that require a certificate
or temporary permit until the certificate or temporary permit has
been renewed. Practicing as a respiratory care practitioner after
a respiratory care practitioner's certificate has expired under subsection
(a) of this section without obtaining a renewal has the same effect
as, and is subject to all penalties of, practicing as a respiratory
care practitioner without a certificate. The advisory board interprets §604.201
of the Act to provide the exclusive sanction that may be imposed by
the advisory board for practicing respiratory care after the expiration
of the certificate or temporary permit.
(k) Renewal of Certificate by Out-of-State Practitioner.
(1) A person who was issued a respiratory care practitioner
certificate in this state, moved to another state, and is currently
licensed or certified and has been in practice in the other state
for the two years preceding the date of application may obtain a new
certificate without reexamination.
(2) The person must pay to the advisory board a fee
that is equal to two times the normally required fee for the certificate.