New Practice Statute in New Jersey

Published: 2010-01-31 20:52:51
Author: Dynamic Chiropractic | February 26, 2010

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed new scope-of-practice legislation on Jan. 18, 2010 - just one day before being defeated in his quest for re-election - updating a practice statute considered antiquated and overly restrictive by the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC)and many other DCs in the state. The signing marks the first time New Jersey's scope-of-practice regulations have been amended since 1953.

"We are very proud of our efforts on behalf of this bill and the impact it will have not just for the chiropractic profession, but most importantly, the 1 million patients we treat statewide each year that benefit from chiropractic care," said ANJC President Dr. Steven Clarke in an association press release issued Jan. 19, which summarizes key elements of the new scope law as follows:

Scope-of-Practice Stipulations

The continuing-education requirement is particularly noteworthy, as New Jersey chiropractors have been the only DCs in the nation not required to accrue periodic CE credits. The new law, says the ANJC, requires doctors to complete 30 CE credits per biennial registration period, "with a minimum of two credits consisting of the study of State laws and regulations governing professional ethics and record-keeping, and a minimum of two credits in nutrition education."

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