NY Acupuncture Public Safety Bill
SIGNED BY GOVERNOR 11/4/2016!

Senate Sponsor: Michael Nozzolio

Assembly Sponsor: Richard Gottfried

Senate Bill Number: S3911-B

Assembly Bill Number: A2558-D 

Bill Title: Relates to the licensing of acupuncturists and the practice of the profession of acupuncture.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Bill:

WHAT DOES THIS BILL AFFECT WITHIN THE ACUPUNCTURE PROFESSION?

It does one thing, it adds herbs to the Licensed Acupuncturists scope of practice. 

WILL THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AFFECT HERBAL PRACTITIONERS (CHINESE, JAPANESE, KOREAN, WESTERN) WHO DO NOT HOLD AN ACUPUNCTURE LICENSE? 

No. This legislation specifically addresses licensed acupuncturists only. See this area directly from list legislation.

“NOTHING HEREIN SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PROHIBIT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS NOT SUBJECT TO REGULATION IN THIS STATE AS A LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST FROM ENGAGING IN THE RECOMMENDATION OF TRADITIONAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS AS DEFINED HEREIN.”

WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS ADDED TO OUR SCOPE OF PRACTICE?

Currently the L.Ac. scope of practice does not include diet or herbal recommendations. Now, our scope includes the following statement.

“THE PROFESSION OF ACUPUNCTURE INCLUDES RECOMMENDATION OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS AND NATURAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE RECOMMENDATION OF DIET, HERBS AND NATURAL PRODUCTS, AND THEIR PREPARATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH TRADITIONAL AND MODERN PRACTICES OF MODERN EAST ASIAN OR ORIENTAL (CHINESE, KOREAN OR JAPANESE) MEDICAL THEORY.

IF I DON’T PRACTICE HERBS, HOW WILL I BE AFFECTED?

You will not be affected. 

WILL I HAVE TO BE NCCAOM CERTIFIED IN HERBOLOGY TO PRACTICE IN NEW YORK? 

No. 

I'M ALREADY LICENSED, WILL I BE GRANDFATHERED IN?

Yes. This bill applies to all NY licensed acupuncturists. 



 
 

   
 
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