The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to fill the consumer seat on the Respiratory Care Advisory Council. The Board appoints the Respiratory Care Advisory Council to advise the Board on issues relating to the practice of respiratory care. The statutory requirement for that seat is that the consumer member not be affiliated with any health care profession. The consumer member shall be appointed to represent the interest of the consumers. The Respiratory Care Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year. The appointment to fill the unexpired term of the consumer seat will require a commitment until April 2020 which would entail attendance at approximately 4 quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours once a quarter in Columbus. Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings. At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of respiratory care in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas: (1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a respiratory care professional or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit; (2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of respiratory care and the administration and enforcement of this chapter; (3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal; (4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits; (5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice respiratory care as a licensee or as a limited permit holder; (6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of respiratory care; (7) The safe and effective practice of respiratory care, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care. If you are interested in serving as the consumer member of the council, please submit an application by email to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov by February 25, 2019.