NOTICE TO ALL LICENSED NC ACUPUNCTURISTS:
New Information regarding licensure renewal and extensions of licensure may be found here.
LICENSURE RENEWAL APPLICATION
If you find you need an extension for your July 1 renewal, please make sure you can meet the requirements for such an extension before applying to the NCALB.
If you have any questions, please call the NCALB office at 919-821-3008
Welcome to the website for the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board!
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.
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.
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW AND WHERE TO SUBMIT ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMENTS ON ALL PROPOSED RULES: Submit oral comments at the Public Hearing on July 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to be held at the Board Office, located at 11 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, N.C. 27603 or in writing specifically addressed to the Executive Director, Paola Learoyd at P.O. Box 10686, Raleigh, N.C. 27605. All written comments should be mailed (to be received by the end of the comment period) to the Executive Director at the above address.
The NCALB has recently received many questions regarding the use of Groupon, Twongo, Living Social, etc. deals within their practice. According to NCGS 90-456 1(b) & 1(d), this is prohibited by licensed acupuncturists in North Carolina because it entails fee splitting, the payment of a portion of treatment fees to a thrid party for having referred the patient. Please contact the NCALB office if you have questions. NCGS 90-456 can be viewed here. The full NC General Statute governing acupunture can be viewed here.
The NCALB has published a Board Position Statment 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 can be contacted via telephone at 919-821-3008, or at NCALB PO BOX 10686 Raleigh, NC 27605. Katie Faulkner, Associate Director can be reached at email@example.com
, or at the same phone number and address.
We look forward to hearing from you!!
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 10686
Raleigh, NC 27605
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