Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Announces Early Exit From Mutual Recognition Agreement
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, the Board of Certification (BOC) received written confirmation from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) declaring an early exit to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the Board of Certification (BOC) and Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI). The MRA was developed between CATA and BOC in 2005, with ARTI joining the agreement in 2014. This agreement allows CATA Certified Athletic Therapists, BOC Certified Athletic Trainers and ARTI Certified Athletic Therapists the opportunity to take each other’s certification exams, thereby removing barriers for certified professionals to possibly obtain employment in another jurisdiction. READ MORE HERE
Governor Inslee Signs ESSB 5688 Into Law
On May 9, 2019, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed ESSB 5688 into law marking the second time in five years that athletic trainers in the state have modified the athletic training practice act. This latest legislative effort was aimed at improving title protection for licensed athletic trainers as well as adding language to allow ATs to administer and store OTC medications and allowing ATs the ability to administer epinephrine to someone suffering from anaphylaxis who does not have a prescription. ESSB 5688 also added language requiring licensed ATs to obtain suicide prevention training consistent with other health care professionals in Washington State.
Pictured below, Gov. Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5688, May 9, 2019. Relating to athletic trainers. Primary Sponsor: Annette Cleveland