CLEAR-CAC recorded webinar: Public Members on Licensing Boards in the US and Other Countries

  • 06 Apr 2100
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The United States is not alone in having public members on regulatory boards. Canada and other countries have sophisticated public member programs. Regulators and policy makers will learn about the similarities and differences in criteria for appointment, roles of public members, and measures (where they exist or might be developed) for evaluating public members' effectiveness.

In the United States, in virtually all states, laws governing the appointment of public members to professional regulatory boards typically specify “disqualifiers.” For example, medical practice acts usually prohibit a physician (active or retired) from serving as a public member on a medical licensing board. Similarly, a spouse, child, or parent of a physician is often disqualified. “Affirmative criteria” for public member appointments, such as a history of public service, boardsmanship experience, communication skills, or relationships with community groups, rarely exist. Nor do most laws articulate the role public members are expected to perform. This is not the case in other countries. In Australia, for example, public members on all health licensing boards are expected to be representatives of patient or consumer groups. The speakers will address the strengths and weaknesses of the public member programs in different countries.


Rebecca LeBuhn, Board Chair, Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC)
Jan Robinson, Registrar and CEO, College of Veterinarians of Ontario
David Benton, Executive Director, National Council of State Boards of Nursing
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