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Board of Acupuncture : NEW: REGULATION CHANGES

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REGULATION CHANGES

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The Maryland Board of Acupuncture would like to announce recent changes to its regulations that will become effective on August 5, 2015:

 

FEE SCHEDULE (COMAR 10.26.01)

The recent preliminary sunset evaluation of the Maryland Board of Acupuncture cited that the Board’s revenue is not keeping pace with its expenditures.  The Board has not raised fees since its inception in 1994.  The sunset report recommended that the Board increase its initial licensure fee to equal its renewal fee and to raise its verification fee. 

             The initial application fee will increase from $450 to $525. 

 

             The verification fee will increase from $20 to $50

 CONTINUING EDUCATION (COMAR 10.26.02)

 The Board is also eliminating the mandatory requirement that licensees earn 3 hours of ethics for every 2 year renewal cycles.  The Board will continue to accept ethics coursework to fulfill CE requirements but feels that mandating ethics on a continuous basis is repetitive.  Instead, the Board intends to request verification from licensees during renewal that they have read the ethics regulations and manual which are maintained on the Board’s website. 

 The Board is also decreasing its required Continuing Education (CE) hours to be more compatible with national requirements.  The Board currently requires 40 hours of CE’s every 2 years.  National standards are 60 hours of CE’s every 4 years. The Board is also changing the percentage of hours allowed in different categories to reflect the decrease. 

OLD REQUIREMENTS:

40 hours every two years

25 hours in acupuncture and Oriental medicine

15 hours in programs that are relevant to the practice

             15 hours allowed for teaching  

            10 hours allowed for pro bono work

            5 hours allowed for writing peer review articles

 NEW REQUIREMENTS:

30 hours every two years

20 hours in acupuncture and Oriental medicine

10 hours in programs that are relevant to the practice

             10 hours allowed for teaching

            7 hours allowed for pro bono work  

            4 hours allowed for writing peer review articles

           

 

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