Administrative Rules are published by the Legislative Reference Service
From time to time, the Board or Commission will adopt rules on an emergency basis. These rules are effective on the day they are filed and are effective for no more than 120 days.
On Dec. 12, 2020, the Board and Commission enacted emergency rules to establish temporary emergency licensure processes to authorize physicians to provide healthcare to inpatients in Alabama. On Dec. 19, the Board amended the rule to clarify the areas of practice of a temporary emergency licensee and to remove the restriction prohibiting the prescribing of controlled substances via telehealth. The rule expires on April 13, 2021, and the licenses will expire on June 12, 2021.
Temporary Emergency License for physicians during COVID-19 declared health emergency (Board and Commission) (amended; effective date 12/21/2020)
On Jan. 20, 2021, in an effort to assist out of state hospitals who desire to urgently license Physician Assistants to remotely treat their patients in Alabama, the Board enacted an emergency rule to modify the license application's requirement for primary source verification of other state licensure and to eliminate the need for a Notary Public.
540-X- 7, Appendix B-ER, Application for Licensure of Physician Assistant (effective 1/20/2021)
May 2021 (comment period ends 7/2/2021)
545-X-4-.11, Dishonored Checks: New rule to charge a $30 fee for each check/negotiable instrument which is dishonored.
April 2021 (comment period ends 6/4/2021)
540-X-26, Pharmacy Collaborative Practice: provides for requirements for collaborative practices between physicians and pharmacists pursuant to Ala. Code § 34-23-77.
March 2021 (comment period ends 5/5/2021)
545-X-2-.06, License Issued for Participation in Retired Senior Volunteer Program/Appendix D, Application Form: Amend/repeal to eliminate the need for submitting paper applications.
545-X-2-.02, Initial License Application/Appendix A, Application Form; 545-X-6-.03, Initial Special Purpose License Application/Appendix A, Application Form: Repeal to eliminate the need for submitting paper applications.
540-X-9-.08, Sexual Misconduct in the Practice of Medicine: This amended rule was certified on Feb. 18, 2021. Subsequently, after receiving numerous requests to reconsider the provisions regarding chaperones, the Board voted to withdraw the amended rule.
February 2021 (comment period ended 4/2/2021)
540-X-8-.01, .03, .04, .05.1, .06, .07, .08, .11, .12, .15, .17, .18, .19.1, .20, .21, .22, .25, .26, and .29: See the APA-2 document for each rule for details.
April 2021 (effective date 6/14/2021)
540-X-8-.01, .03, .04, .05.1, .06, .07, .08, .11, .12, .15, .17, .18, .19.1, .20, .21, .22, .25, .26, .29: Multiple amendments regarding remote sites, full-time equivalents, required CME, and more.
March 2021 (effective date 5/15/2021)
540-X-7, Appendices B and D, Physician Assistant and Anesthesiologist Assistant Applications for Licensure: Amended to remove primary source verification of other state licensure and signature notarization requirements; add questions regarding investigations by other agencies; add questions regarding sexual misconduct.
February 2021 (effective date 4/12/2021)
540-X-1-.18, Dishonored Checks: Authorizes the Board to charge a dishonored check fee.
540-X-9-.08, Sexual Misconduct in the Practice of Medicine: Amended to require chaperones for certain physical exams and procedures.
540-X-10-12, Registration of Office-Based Surgery/Procedures Physician: Amended to clarify those procedures that require registration.
540-X-12-.18, Risk and Abuse Mitigation Strategies (QACSC-PA): Amended to remove an incorrect provision.
540-X-18-.15, Risk and Abuse Mitigation Strategies (QACSC-NP): Amended to remove an incorrect provision.
540-X-26, Collaborative Pharmacy Practice: New rule pursuant to Act 2019-368 establishing collaborative practices between physicians and pharmacists. This certified rule was withdrawn on Apr. 6, 2021.