Laws vs. Regulations
Laws are products of written statutes, passed by either the U.S. Congress or state legislatures. The legislature create bills that, when passed by a vote, become statutory law. In Virginia, the General Assembly passes legislation that then becomes laws and is incorporated into the Code of Virginia.
Virginia laws pertaining to acupuncture:
Regulations are standards and rules adopted by administrative agencies that govern how laws will be enforced. The General Assembly must pass a law authorizing or mandating a state agency to write regulations. Regulations serve two purposes: 1) it has a binding effect on the law, and 2) acts as a formal document an agency uses to inform citizens of its actions and business.
In Virginia, regulations are created, amended, or repealed through a regulatory action. This is a 3-step process which is specified in the state law commonly referred to as the Administrative Process Act (APA). The process takes approximately 18 months to complete. All regulations are compiled into a single document called the Virginia Administrative Code.
Virginia regulations pertaining to acupuncture: