Last Updated: May 2, 2018
A law that standardizes disciplinary conduct reporting requirements across all state licensing boards – including the State Board of Medicine and State Board of Osteopathic Medicine – took effect on April 16, 2018.
The law, known as Act 6 of 2018, requires licensees, registrants and certificate holders to report any disciplinary conduct by any licensing board or a misdemeanor or felony conviction. It also allows a licensee, registrant, certificate holder or permit holder to make written application to the applicable board to have a licensure violation for discipline expunged from the individual’s record.
In an online announcement about Act 6, Pennsylvania’s Medical Boards say that any person holding a license, registration, certificate, or permit issued by a licensing board or commission under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs shall notify the appropriate licensing board/commission within 30 days of the occurrence of any of the following:
- A disciplinary action taken by a licensing agency of another jurisdiction.
- A finding or verdict of guilt, an admission of guilt, a plea of nolo contendere, probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) or any felony or misdemeanor offense.
This requirement is in addition to any existing reporting requirement. Reporting of disciplinary action or a criminal matter must be completed by logging into the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) at www.pals.pa.gov and selecting the “Mandatory Reporting by Licensees” option.
Previous to the enactment of Act 6, both MDs and DOs were required to report within 60 days of a reportable occurrence. With Act 6, the reporting window has been reduced to 30 days as noted herein.
Read the Act 6 Announcement
For details about Act 6 – such as the requirements for an individual to apply to have a violation expunged from the public record – check out this Pennsylvania Medical Society “Bills on the Hill” article which offers an overview of Act 6 as well as several other new health-related laws.