The advisory council to the Board of Medical Practice for acupuncture consists of seven members appointed by the board to three-year terms. Four members must be licensed acupuncture practitioners, one member must be a licensed physician or osteopathic physician who also practices acupuncture, one member must be a licensed chiropractor who is NCCAOM certified, and one member must be a member of the public who has received acupuncture treatment as a primary therapy from a NCCAOM certified acupuncturist.
The advisory council is governed by section 15.059.
The advisory council shall:
(1) advise the board on issuance, denial, renewal, suspension, revocation, conditioning, or restricting of licenses to practice acupuncture;
(2) advise the board on issues related to receiving, investigating, conducting hearings, and imposing disciplinary action in relation to complaints against acupuncture practitioners;
(3) maintain a register of acupuncture practitioners licensed under section 147B.02;
(4) maintain a record of all advisory council actions;
(5) prescribe registration application forms, license forms, protocol forms, and other necessary forms;
(6) review the patient visit records submitted by applicants during the transition period;
(7) advise the board regarding standards for acupuncturists;
(8) distribute information regarding acupuncture practice standards;
(9) review complaints;
(10) advise the board regarding continuing education programs;
(11) review the investigation of reports of complaints and recommend to the board whether disciplinary action should be taken; and
(12) perform other duties authorized by advisory councils under chapter 214, as directed by the board.