Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/19/2022

Part III. Scope of Practice

18VAC85-110-100. General requirements.

Prior to performing acupuncture, a licensed acupuncturist shall obtain written documentation that the patient has received a diagnostic examination within the past six months by a licensed doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, or podiatry acting within the scope of his practice or shall provide to the patient a written recommendation for such a diagnostic examination on a form specified by the board and signed by the patient. The original of the signed form shall be maintained in the patient's chart and a copy provided to the patient.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2956.9 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR465-11-1 § 3.1, eff. February 23, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 4, eff. December 9, 1998; Volume 15, Issue 21, eff. August 5, 1999; Volume 16, Issue 21, eff. August 2, 2000; Volume 18, Issue 4, eff. December 5, 2001.

18VAC85-110-110. Limitation of titles.

A person practicing as a licensed acupuncturist is restricted to the use of the titles "Lic.Ac." or "L.Ac." and shall not use the terms "physician" or "doctor" in his name or practice unless he simultaneously uses a clarifying title, initials, abbreviation or designation or language.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400, 54.1-2903 and 54.1-2956.9 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR465-11-1 § 3.2, eff. February 23, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 21, eff. August 5, 1999.

18VAC85-110-120. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR465-11-1 § 3.3, eff. February 23, 1994; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 4, eff. December 9, 1998.

18VAC85-110-130. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR465-11-1 § 3.4, eff. February 23, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 21, eff. August 5, 1999; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. September 26, 2013.

18VAC85-110-140. Sterilization practices and infection control.

Acupuncture needles shall be presterilized, prewrapped, disposable needles, for the prevention of infection, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the patient. Such needles shall be discarded after each patient treatment.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-100 through 54.1-114, 54.1-2400, and 54.1-2956.9 through 54.1-2956.11 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR465-11-1 § 3.5, eff. February 23, 1994.

18VAC85-110-145. Registration for voluntary practice by out-of-state licensees.

Any licensed acupuncturist who does not hold a license to practice in Virginia and who seeks registration to practice under subdivision 27 of § 54.1-2901 of the Code of Virginia on a voluntary basis under the auspices of a publicly supported, all volunteer, nonprofit organization that sponsors the provision of health care to populations of underserved people shall:

1. File an application for registration on a form provided by the board at least five business days prior to engaging in such practice;

2. Provide a complete record of professional licensure in each state in which he has held a license and a copy of any current license;

3. Provide the name of the nonprofit organization, the dates and location of the voluntary provision of services;

4. Pay a registration fee of $10; and

5. Provide a notarized statement from a representative of the nonprofit organization attesting to its compliance with provisions of subdivision 27 of § 54.1-2901 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. June 18, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 24, eff. September 3, 2008.

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