Florida's pharmacy technicians, estimated to number between 40,000 to 60,000, will be required to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy in 2010. In 2011, they must either complete a board-approved training program consisting of 1,500 work hours or be certified by an accredited program. Read more about SB1360.
Under the provisions of a federal law that took effect this week, realtors must collect proof of a client's name, address, date of birth and occupation. The information must be retained for five years and provided upon request to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC). Read more.
Governor Paterson and legislative leaders have agreed on terms that will strengthen the professional disciplinary process and require making more information on individual physicians available to consumers. Read more.
A midwifery law that was passed inadvertently last year when obscure language was slipped into a bill gets to stand according the the state's supreme court. A circuit court had thrown out the language on constitutional grounds. Read more.
The state supreme court has ruled that chiropractors may adjust limbs when treating problems related to the spine. This finding overturns an appellate court decision and restores the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners' regulation permitting such adjustments. Read more. See also The Star Ledger.
The Health Department is funding a pilot project that will allow midwives to deliver babies in three locations. Nova Scotia passed midwifery legislation in 2006, but the regulatory details are still in process. Read more.
Three months from now, CLEAR will be holding its 28th annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Attendees from more than 20 professions and 22 jurisdictions have already registered for what will be a valuable and memorable event. It will cap an exciting year for me as president and for the organization more broadly. Since my last column, I attended the World Health Professions Conference on Regulation in Geneva, with over 400 attendees from more than 60 nations. It was an honor to truly feel part of a global community of regulators and to see the vital work of public protection that is occurring across the world. CLEAR presented a poster display at the conference and CLEAR’s Executive Director, Adam Parfitt, and I had an opportunity to showcase all that the organization has to offer, as well as to promote the International Congress on Professional and Occupational Regulation, which CLEAR will host in Dublin, Ireland on July 2-3, 2009. Registration will soon open for this event and additional information will be sent to all list serve subscribers shortly. For those of you who were unable to attend the event in Geneva, you may be interested in reviewing the presentations which are now accessible online.
The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has refused to turn over a list of the state's lawyers to a web-based company that assigns grades to individuals whose names it posts online. The company, Avvo, has now petitioned the state's supreme court, saying it has already received lists from 30 states and has posted the information from more than a dozen. New Jersey also balked at releasing the names of its attorneys, but relented after after Avvo filed a petition with the state's supreme court. Read more.