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Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC)

The Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) is an occupational licensure compact which allows professionals to practice in multiple states without having to obtain additional state licenses. The compact addresses increased demand to provide/receive audiology and speech-language pathology services and authorizes in-person and telepractice across state lines.

States participating in the compact communicate and exchange information, including verification of licensure and disciplinary sanctions; however, compact states retain the ability to regulate practice in their state.

ASLP-IC Impact on Audiologists and SLPs

  • The ASLP-IC will certify that audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have met acceptable standards of practice, promote cooperation between compact states in the areas of licensure and regulation, and offer a higher degree of consumer protection across state lines.
  • Licensed audiologists and SLPs will be able to practice in person or through telepractice across state lines via a privilege to practice.
  • The ASLP-IC will increase access to client, patient, and student care and will facilitate continuity of care when clients, patients, and students relocate/travel.
  • Audiologists and SLPs will be able to provide services to populations currently underserved or geographically isolated as well as allow military personnel and spouses to maintain their profession when relocating.

Before the compact can issue privileges to practice, an ASLP-IC Commission will be created to serve as the compact’s governing body. The commission, responsible for ASLP-IC oversight, will create required rules and bylaws, with implementation expected in 2022.

Audiologists and SLPs Can Learn More About the ASLP-IC and Get Involved

Take action by contacting your state legislators and asking them to support the ASLP-IC in your state.

ASHA’s Advocacy on ASLP-IC

ASHA plays a lead role in advocacy and outreach for the ASLP-IC in states across the country. With the largest number of affiliates in each profession, we can ensure that all professionals will benefit. ASHA sent the following letters to states, voicing support for legislation introduced.

See ASHA's full list of 2021 comment letters and testimonies.

Questions?

For questions, contact ASHA at interstatecompact@asha.org.

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