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REGS : 10.26.02 General Regulations (BOARD OF ACUPUNCTURE)


 Content Editor

Maryland Register
Issue Date:  February 7, 2014
Volume 41 • Issue 3 • Page 238
Title 10
10.26.02 General Regulations
Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§1A–205 and 1A–307, Annotated Code of Maryland
Notice of Proposed Action
The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulation .05 under COMAR 10.26.02 General Regulations. This action was considered by the Board of Acupuncture at a public meeting on November 12, 2013, notice of which was given on the Board’s website at, pursuant to State Government Article, §10-506(c)(1), Annotated Code of Maryland.
Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this action is to change the amount of continuing education units (CEUs) required, per renewal period that the license has lapsed, to reinstate a license from 40 to 30.
Comparison to Federal Standards
There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
Estimate of Economic Impact
I. Summary of Economic Impact. This proposal will have a fiscal impact only for those licensees who seek to reinstate their lapsed license. In those cases it will benefit those licensees since the required amount of CEUs is being reduced.
Revenue (R+/R-)
II. Types of Economic Impact.
Expenditure (E+/E-)

A. On issuing agency:
B. On other State agencies:
C. On local governments:

Benefit (+)
Cost (-)

D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
E. On other industries or trade groups:
F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
D. Licensees seeking to reinstate their lapsed license will see a benefit in that the required amount of CEUs is reduced, so the cost of obtaining CEUs will be lower. The Board cannot estimate the number of people this change will impact, nor the exact cost savings as the amount of CEUs needed will vary between licensees.
Economic Impact on Small Businesses
The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
Opportunity for Public Comment
Comments may be sent to Michele A. Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 10, 2014. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
.05 Term, Renewal, Reinstatement, and Inactive Status.
A.—C. (text unchanged)
D. Reinstatement. Thirty days after the expiration date of a license, a licensee whose license has expired without seeking inactive status may have the license reinstated upon meeting all of the following:
(1)—(2) (text unchanged)
(3) One of the following:
(a) [Forty] Thirty hours of continuing education for each renewal period the license has lapsed, not to exceed 60 hours; or
(b) (text unchanged)
E.—F. (text unchanged)
Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene