Regulatory News (CLEAR News Online)

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  • 21 Jun 2013 1:21 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates and inspects health and social care services in England, has been accused of suppressing an internal review which had uncovered critical weaknesses in its inspections. An independent report by Grant Thornton "identified a failure of governance, including operational weaknesses concerning CQC's regulatory oversight of UHMB [University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust], and the apparent suppression of an internal report highlighting many of these issues." The trust is currently being investigated by police over the deaths of at least eight mothers and babies. Accusations have been made that midwives colluded to hide errors. 

    CQC letter to the Secretary of State for Health, published in response to the report.

  • 21 Jun 2013 1:21 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    New regulations by the Medical Board of California related to elective cosmetic surgery procedures take effect July 1.  The rule clarifies and specifies what it means to have a doctor “immediately available” when elective procedures, using lasers or similar devices, are being performed.  Seven years ago the state legislature directed the medical and nursing boards to consider this issue related to cosmetic procedures because of confusion regarding the existing requirements and the medical nature of the procedures.  The new regulation clarifies that “immediately available” means that a licensed physician should be contactable by electronic or telephonic means “without delay” and it indicates that the individual conducing the procedure must be a licensed healthcare provider working within the scope of his or her authority.

  • 21 Jun 2013 1:20 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    Beginning on July 1, 2013, all security guards in the state must be registered with the Board of Private Detectives and Guards.  To qualify for registration, guards must meet age and education standards, mental health requirements, pass a criminal background check and participate in approved training courses.  Professionals and lawmakers agree that the registration is necessary to ensure appropriate standards are set for the profession which has a direct impact on public safety.  The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has been working to establish approved trainers and education courses to ensure the necessary training is available to and affordable for all guards seeking registration.


  • 14 Jun 2013 1:02 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    Ohio Governor John Kasich has issued an Executive Order directing regulatory boards and agencies to ensure the licensure process takes into account relevant education and experience gained during military service. The order also calls on the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to simplify the way college credit is awarded for military education. Governor Kasich said "If you're driving a truck in Afghanistan, when you come back to America, you should be certified to drive a truck," adding "If you've been on the battlefield as a medic, saving people's lives, you ought to be able to come back here and get a certification as an emergency responder. These just make common sense."

  • 14 Jun 2013 1:02 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    At its launch on June 1st, the new regulatory system for social workers in Ireland, saw 2,300 of the nation's 2,500 social workers registered with health and social care regulator CORU. Illegal use of the title "social worker" may result in prosecution and a fine of up to €5,000 and/or a six month prison term. CORU will next register radiographers, followed by clinical biochemists, dietitians, medical scientists, occupational therapists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, and speech and language therapists. When complete, the process will see CORU responsible for the regulation of 20,000 professionals

  • 14 Jun 2013 1:02 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago has announced that it will consider applications from undocumented immigrants, waiving legal residency as a requirement. Officials from the school claim it is the first in the nation to offer such a program. Responding to the development, Geoffrey Young, senior director of student affairs and programs at the Association of American Medical Colleges said "They'll all be M.D.s, but whether or not they can practice legally in states is to be determined,” adding “One must think about what happens downstream.” In Illinois, regulators may not ask medical license applicants whether they are legal residents. While applicants must provide a Social Security number to prove they don't owe child support payments, this need not occur until they renew their license for the first time.

  • 14 Jun 2013 1:01 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    Ronald Wagenhoffer, an Inspector for the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, was found dead on Wednesday. City officials have stated the death was a suicide. In May, Wagenhoffer, a 16-year veteran inspector, inspected a building in the city due to citizen complaints about the building’s condition. On June 5, during demolition, a four-story wall of the building collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store, killing six people. The incident is being treated as a criminal investigation, but Mr. Wagonhoffer was not a target of the investigation. Colleagues from the Department remember him as a “dedicated” employee who worked hard for the protection of the public.

  • 07 Jun 2013 9:38 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    Representative Peter King has introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013, which would provide for a federal regulatory regime for online gambling, and create the Office of Internet Gambling Oversight within the Treasury Department. As part of its remit, the office would establish criteria for state and tribal governments to license online gambling operators. The bill would also create a common set of controls and protections, following a 2011 ruling by the U.S. Department of Justice which saw states take a variety of different, and occasionally conflicting, approaches to the regulation of online gambling. The bill also includes an opt-out provision for states or tribes not wishing to participate in the proposed system.
  • 07 Jun 2013 9:37 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    Texas House Bill 86, which is awaiting Governor Rick Perry's signature after approval by the state legislature, would amend the state Sunset Act, enhancing the Sunset Advisory Commission's review of current occupational licensing programs and create a sunrise process. The latter process would provide the commission the authority to review and evaluate proposed licensing programs. State Representative William Callegari, the bill's sponsor, said “In Texas we license a lot of things that don’t need to be,” Callegari said. “Rather than the state, often it ought to be done by trade organizations.”
  • 07 Jun 2013 9:37 AM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence has named Nicholas Rhoad as the new executive director of the state's Professional Licensing Agency. Mr. Rhoad served previously as the Director of Business Development for the Indiana Manufacturers Association. Governor Pence said “His ability to lead an organization, build and strengthen relationships makes him a good fit as the Executive Director of the Professional Licensing Agency.” Rhoad will start his new role on Monday, June 17, 2013.
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