Update:  Notice of Withdrawal of Rule Change - Chaperones

In light of concerns raised by physicians about the practicality and feasibility of a recent rule change regarding the use of chaperones (540-X-9.08(11)), the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners has temporarily withdrawn this rule and invites further comments.

The rule, which had been scheduled to take effect on April 12, 2021, is being reevaluated by the Board.

Those wishing to offer comments may do so by Friday, April 23, 2021, by submitting them to

The Board will continue to place the highest priority on patient safety and trust and is committed to finding a workable solution that will protect patients and physicians. We look forward to reviewing your comments.