New Bill Would Pave the Way for Pennsylvania’s Participation in Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Last Updated: Oct 6, 2020

US_Map_stethoscopeOn Sept. 29, 2020, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill to enable the commonwealth’s participation in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (Interstate Compact). The bill passed the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on Oct. 6 and is now being considered by the full Senate.

The Interstate Compact facilitates expedited licensure within a participating state. Its goal is to streamline the process for physicians who wish to practice in more than one state.

Legislation permitting Pennsylvania to participate in the Interstate Compact was signed into law in 2016. However, due to concerns raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Gov. Wolf has not yet signed the Interstate Compact. The FBI has stated that the law does not meet the requirements of the federal regulation which would allow the agency to share information with the states for purposes of criminal background checks.

House Bill 2584, which was sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper, would amend the 2016 Interstate Medical Compact Act to address the concerns that have prevented Pennsylvania from participating.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society supports HB 2584.

Physicians should keep in mind that licensure through the Interstate Compact is voluntary. If HB 2584 is enacted and Gov. Wolf signs the Interstate Compact, physicians seeking licensure in Pennsylvania and other states may still apply through traditional licensure pathways.

More Resources on the Interstate Compact

To date, 29 states have passed legislation to participate in the Interstate Compact. Visit the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact webpage online at www.imlcc.org for information on member states, FAQs, and more.

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