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C 308 L 19

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Regulating the practice of acupuncture and Eastern medicine.

Sponsors: House Committee on Health Care & Wellness (originally sponsored by Representatives Cody, Harris, Pettigrew, Caldier, Tharinger and Thai).

House Committee on Health Care & Wellness

Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care


In 2010 legislation was enacted that changed the profession of Acupuncture to East Asian medicine and expanded the scope of practice for a licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioner. Any person licensed as an Acupuncturist prior to the effective date of the 2010 legislation was, at his or her next renewal date, given the title of East Asian Medicine Practitioner. Licensed East Asian Medicine Practitioners are prohibited from holding themselves out as Acupuncturists. East Asian Medicine Practitioners are licensed by the Department of Health (DOH).

Scope of Practice.

East Asian medicine means a health care service utilizing East Asian medicine diagnosis and treatment to promote health and treat organic or functional disorders and includes the following:

Licensure Requirements.

Any person seeking to be examined for licensure as an East Asian Medicine Practitioner must present to the Secretary of the DOH (Secretary) at least 45 days before the exam:

The DOH must consider for approval any school, program, apprenticeship, or tutorial that meets the requirements. The Secretary must offer examinations in East Asian medicine at least twice a year. An applicant is not permitted to take the exam until the Secretary has approved the applicant's application and the applicant has paid an exam fee.


References to "East Asian medicine" are changed to "Acupuncture and Eastern medicine" and references to "East Asian medicine practitioner" are changed to "Acupuncturist" or "Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner." A person licensed as an Acupuncturist may use the title Acupuncturist, Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Practitioner, or East Asian Medicine Practitioner and use the letters L. Ac., EAMP, or AEMP.

The Department of Health (DOH) must adopt a rule requiring completion of continuing education for Acupuncturists as a condition of license renewal.

The DOH must consider for approval any school or program that meets the education requirements, but is not required to consider apprenticeship or tutorial programs. Statutes related to the approval of applications and requiring an examination fee, and application of the chapter to previously registered acupuncture assistants are repealed.

Votes on Final Passage:








July 28, 2019