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§ 14-504. Acupuncture; registration requirements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth OccupationsEffective: May 2, 2013

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Physicians (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Miscellaneous Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Effective: May 2, 2013
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-504
§ 14-504. Acupuncture; registration requirements
(a) This section does not apply to a dentist performing acupuncture in connection with the practice of dentistry if the dentist is licensed or otherwise authorized to practice dentistry under Title 4 of this article.
(b) Unless licensed under Title 1A of this article, a physician shall be registered by the Board before the physician may perform acupuncture in this State.
Training program
(c) The Board shall register to perform acupuncture any physician who meets the following requirements:
(1)(i) Successful completion of at least 200 hours of training in a program of study in acupuncture, including any examinations required under the program, approved for category 1 continuing medical education credit by an institution accredited or recognized by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education; or
(ii) Successful completion of a course of study approved by the Board which includes at least 200 hours of instruction in:
1. General and basic aspects of acupuncture;
2. Specific uses and techniques of acupuncture; and
3. Indications and contraindications of acupuncture administration;
(2) Ability to communicate in the English language;
(3) Payment of application and registration fees; and
(4) Other reasonable conditions determined by the Board.
Treatment locations
(d) A physician who is registered under this section may perform acupuncture on or off the premises of the physician's office.
Rules and regulations
(e) A physician who performs acupuncture may advertise only as permitted by the rules and regulations of the Board.
Performance of regulations
(f) The Board may adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.
Prohibited conduct; probation or suspension
(g) Subject to the hearing provisions of § 14-405 of this title, a disciplinary panel, on the affirmative vote of a majority of its quorum, may reprimand or place a physician who performs acupuncture on probation or suspend or revoke the registration of a physician for:
(1) Any conduct prohibited under the provisions of this section or prohibited under any regulation adopted pursuant to the provisions of this section;
(2) Except in an emergency life-threatening situation where it is not feasible or practicable, failing to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines on universal precautions; or
(3) Failing to display the notice required under subsection (h) of this section.
Display of notice
(h) If a physician who performs acupuncture is engaged in the private practice of acupuncture in this State, the physician who performs acupuncture shall display the notice developed under § 1-207 of this article conspicuously in each office where the physician is engaged in practice.


Added as Health Occupations § 14-605 by Acts 1982, c. 644, § 1, eff. July 1, 1982. Amended by Acts 1984, c. 329, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 1984; Acts 1988, c. 109, § 1, eff. July 1, 1988. Renumbered as Health Occupations § 14-506 by Acts 1990, c. 6, § 11, eff. Feb. 16, 1990. Amended by Acts 1992, c. 154, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Acts 1993, c. 627, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 1992; Acts 1994, c. 620, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Acts 1995, c. 3, § 1, eff. March 7, 1995. Renumbered as Health Occupations § 14-504 by Acts 2002, c. 158, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2003, c. 252, § 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Acts 2010, c. 72, § 1, eff. April 13, 2010; Acts 2011, c. 65, § 1, eff. April 12, 2011; Acts 2013, c. 401, § 1, eff. May 2, 2013.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-504, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 14-504
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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