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From time to time the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) receives requests from professions seeking regulation. By law, a profession must be regulated only when it is necessary to protect the public. When the Office of Professional Regulation receives such a request in the form of an application, it does a preliminary assessment on whether or not the profession should be regulated and makes a written recommendation to the legislature.

In Vermont, statutes guide the decision making as to whether a profession needs to be regulated. According to 26 V.S.A. § 3101:

It is the policy of the state of Vermont that regulation be imposed upon a profession or occupation solely for the purpose of protecting the public. The legislature believes that all individuals should be permitted to enter into a profession or occupation unless there is a demonstrated need for the state to protect the interests of the public by restricting entry into the profession or occupation. If such a need is identified, the form of regulation adopted by the state shall be the least restrictive form of regulation necessary to protect the public interest. 

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