Advisory Committee for Acupuncture
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About the Advisory Committee for Acupuncture
To assist the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, the Tennessee Advisory Committee for Acupuncture was established by the General Assembly in 2000 to license those individuals actively engaged in the practice of acupuncture as that termed as defined in T.C.A. § 63-6-1001(2). The Committee is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice acupuncture are qualified. The Committee, working with the Board of Medical Examiners, interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Committee is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Committee, along with the Board, determines the appropriate standard of care, investigates alleged violations of laws and rules, and disciplines licensees who are found guilty of such violations.
Administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Committee by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Committee’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the licensee’s current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the expiration at https://apps.tn.gov/hlrs/. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Committee appraised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the Committee’s rules to practice on an expired license.
The Committee meets two (2) times per year. The meetings are open to the public. The Governor appoints all members of the Committee. The Committee consists of five (5) members. Three (3) of the members shall be certified acupuncturists; one (1) shall be an acupuncture detoxification specialist; and one (1) shall be a consumer members who is not employed in a health care profession.
Contact the Advisory Committee for Acupuncture
To contact the Committee, call 615-532-3202 (local) or 1-800-778-4123 (nationwide)
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243