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North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board!


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In accordance with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings and the Rules Review Commission, the Board presents the following rules for public comment along with an explanation of each rule with reason for proposed change:


21 NCAC 01.0104 Definitions


This proposed amendment to Rule 21 NCAC 01 .0104 (DEFINITIONS) revises the definition of “acupuncture adjunctive therapies,”  “herbal medicine,” “therapeutic exercise” and “thermal  methods.”  It also adds the definitions of  “dual relationship,” “impairment,” “reprimand,” “revocation,” “sexual activity,” “sexual contact,”  and “suspension” for clarity.


21 NCAC 01.0601 Purpose and Scope


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0601 (PURPOSE AND SCOPE) sets out goal that these rules are to guide the conduct of an acupuncturist and requires the acupuncturist to sign a statement indicating that the professional has reviewed the ethical standards and consents to be governed by them. Rule proposed to improve the procedures used to enforce ethical standards.


21 NCAC 01.0602 Non-Discrimination


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0602 (NON-DISCRIMINATION) prohibits discrimination on any basis in law to draw attention to standards.


21 NCAC 01.0603 Competence


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0603 (COMPETENCE) charges the acupuncturist to practice competently and inform the Board of unethical and unprofessional practice to strengthen process.


21 NCAC 01.0604 Serving Sentence


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0604 (SERVING SENTENCE) prohibits licensure if an applicant has not served his or her sentence for a felony or Class 1A misdemeanor to protect public.


21 NCAC 01.0605 Education and Training


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0605 (EDUCATION AND TRAINING STANDARDS) prohibits knowingly making false, deceptive, or fraudulent statements and requires an acupuncturist to assist Board in verifying his or her statements to clarify and strengthen process.


21 NCAC 01.0606 Patient Welfare


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0606 (PATIENT WELFARE) makes it clear that the safety and welfare of the patient comes first and it sets out when rules of confidentiality applies to treatment to set out priorities and protections.


21 NCAC 01.0607 Confidentiality


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0607 (CONFIDENTIALITY) provides specific confidentiality guidance to assist professional in understanding duty.


21 NCAC 01.0608 Client Relationships


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0608 (CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS) charges the professional to avoid dual relationships to better protect the public.


21 NCAC 01.0609 Board Investigation


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0609 (BOARD INVESTIGATION) charges the professional to cooperate and respond promptly to requests from Board for information to facilitate investigations.


21 NCAC 01.0610 Titles


This proposed RULE 21 NCAC 01 .0610 (TITLES) clarifies the statutory prohibition against the use of the title “doctor” by the acupuncturist to avoid current confusion.



Procedure for Subjecting a Proposed Rule to Legislative Review:  If an objection is not resolved prior to the adoption of the rule, a person may also submit written objections to the Rules Review Commission.  If the Rules Review Commission receives written and signed objections in accordance with G.S. 150B-21.3(b2) from 10 or more persons clearly requesting review by the legislature and the Rules Review Commission approves the rule, the rule will become effective as provided in G.S. 150B-21.3(b1).  The commission will receive written objections until 5:00 p.m. on the day following the day the Commission approves the rule.  The commission will receive those objectives by mail, delivery service, hand deliver your facsimile transmission.  If you have any further questions concerning the submission of objections to the Commission, please call a Commission staff attorney at 919-431-3000.



The NCALB has published a Board Position Statement on Dry Needling.


You will find the full Position Statement here.



About the NCALB


The purpose of the NCALB is to promote the health, safety and welfare of the North Carolina public through the licensure and regulation of acupuncturists.  The Board reviews all applications and ensures the credentials of all licensed acupuncturists meet a high standard and that only qualified individuals are permitted to practice in North Carolina.


The NCALB office is also a place where North Carolinians can call with questions about a licensed acupuncturist, and inquire about practitioners.  It's also a place where the public can turn to file a complaints against acupuncturists that they may feel are in violation of the law.


The NCALB also provides services to individuals applying for licensure as well as those already licensed in North Carolina.  The Board is the practitioner's resource for any questions regarding NC's laws and regulations, continuing education requirements as well as trends and advances in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in North Carolina.


Paola Learoyd, Executive Director (executivedirector@ncalb.com) can be contacted via email, telephone at 919-821-3008, or at NCALB  PO BOX 10686  Raleigh, NC  27605.  Katie Faulkner, Associate Director can be reached at  the same phone number and address.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Application for NC licensure found here.


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PO Box 10686

Raleigh, NC  27605


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