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  • 08 Nov 2013 11:43 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    A report from the Arizona Ombudsman-Citizens’ Aide into allegations that the state medical board: violated Arizona licensing laws for medical doctors; permitted a Board member’s service to exceed legal term limits; and that its Executive Director and Deputy Director approved procedures and directed staff to operate in ways that violated state laws, has substantiated 19 allegations and found one indeterminate. The report recommends "changes to state laws to enhance public safety through criminal background checks, primary source verification of qualifications, use of national verification services and elimination of unnecessary steps [and] a review of AMB licenses issued since September 2011 by the Arizona Auditor General. Most importantly, until new licensing laws pass through authorized means, the Board must adhere to existing Arizona laws." The Board's Executive Director was removed following a 5-4 Board vote last month. Following the vote board chairman Gordi Khera said “We need to gain the trust of the public,” adding “The members of the Arizona Medical Board take our responsibility seriously and want to assure the public and medical community they can be confident in the licensing procedure.”


  • 08 Nov 2013 11:43 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    Minnesota's legislature will consider a bill that would see the state become the fourth to license interior designers. House File 1052 would permit certified interior designers to be grandfathered into the program for a $150 fee, and ensure consistency among professions regulated by the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design, each of which is licensed.
  • 08 Nov 2013 11:42 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    For the Sake of Students: Current and Future Teacher Regulation in the Province of Saskatchewan, an independent report commissioned by the provincial government of Saskatchewan, has called for the separation of the representative and regulatory functions for the province's teachers. Currently the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation performs both functions in the province. The document states that "The process for regulating teacher performance and conduct is more convoluted and fraught with risk of conflict of interest than is the regulatory process for any other profession in Saskatchewan." The report, authored by Dr. Dennis Kendel, a former registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, recommends the creation of a separate regulatory body for teachers. It further suggests that the provincial government look at the model currently used by the Ontario College of Teachers. It also recommends postponing legislative action until late 2014 to allow for consultation over the best regulatory model to use.
  • 08 Nov 2013 11:41 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has said that it will begin offering its cosmetology licensing exam in Chinese, with further plans to offer translations of the nail technician licensing exam in Korean and Vietnamese. According to recent statistics, the state has just under 10,000 nail technicians and is the seventh most populous state for Vietnamese nail technicians.
  • 16 Oct 2013 7:24 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    Bills to eliminate the licensure of a range of professions have been introduced in Michigan's legislature: House Bill 4688 would repeal the licensure of dietitians and nutritionists; House Bill 4378 and Senate Bill 479 would repeal the state registry of interior designers; House Bill 4681 would abolish the Board of Auctioneers and remove the requirement that auctioneers register with the state; House Bill 4377 would repeal the registration requirement for professional community planners. Meanwhile, House Bill 4641 would "prohibit the state or local governments from imposing a form of occupational licensure, registration, certification, bond-posting, inspection mandate or other restriction on an individual seeking to perform a lawful occupation, if it is more restrictive than required for public health and safety. Instead, governments would be allowed only to impose the “least restrictive” burden required for public health and safety. Individuals would have a right to sue if an occupational regulation excessively burdens their right to earn a living in a lawful occupation."
  • 16 Oct 2013 7:23 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    Media reports have prompted criticism that several of Nevada's licensing boards are not updating disciplinary data on agency websites. A state law passed in 2001 requires licensing boards to maintain updated details of disciplinary actions, but the bill's co-author, Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, has suggested boards are unaware of the requirements. 


  • 16 Oct 2013 7:22 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    As Pennsylvania's General Assembly reconvenes, legislators will consider a range of bills that could result in the establishment of a pain medication monitoring system. House Bill 1694 would establish the Pharmaceutical Accountability Monitoring System, a state-run database of Pennsylvanians' prescription drug data. State Representative Matthew Baker, sponsor of the bill, said "47 other states have some form of law in place. But we do not, and we are ranked 10th in the nation as having the highest drug addiction rates.” The bill has been opposed by the state's Medical Society on privacy grounds, and would permit access to data by researchers, doctors, pharmacists, medical examiners and coroners, professional licensing boards and the Department of Public Welfare.

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  • 16 Oct 2013 5:37 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    In Zakhary v College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta's highest court upheld the decision of the College to publish information about a disciplinary decision involving a doctor. The case involved the repeated failure of Dr. Kristina Zakhary to respond to a regulatory investigator from the College, which constituted professional misconduct. Dr. Zachary made a joint submission with the College for a reprimand and agreed to pay the costs of the hearing. After the appeal period passed, the College published details of the conviction and penalty. Dr. Zachary asked for judicial review of the decision to publish details, arguing this should only be done where a suspension or cancellation was issued, which was not the outcome in this instance. However, the Court upheld the College's decision, clarifying that the results of disciplinary hearings may be published even when they do not result in the suspension or cancellation of a registration.
  • 16 Oct 2013 5:36 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    Following the passage of Act 116 in 2012, recently approved administrative rules will provide increased prescriptive authority for Vermont's naturopaths. Naturopathic physicians wishing to prescribe drugs will need to pass a pharmacology exam to receive a license endorsement to do so. Additionally, a physician with at least five years of experience must review the first 100 prescriptions written. The new rules, which were opposed by the state Medical Society, go into effect later this month.

  • 16 Oct 2013 5:35 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    The Bar Standards Board, which regulates lawyers in England and Wales, has approved a new code of conduct, which is enforceable from January 2014. Notable changes to the code include the removal of restrictions on the stages of litigation self-employed lawyers can undertake, which will permit qualified lawyers to act at each stage of litigation. Similarly, self-employed lawyers will see restrictions on the sharing of premises and the formation of associations with non-barristers removed.


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