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UPDATED 06/11/2021 (ORIGINALLY POSTED: 05/17/2021) - BPOA has received many questions from licensed professionals about what happens to licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. With the Governor's signing of HB 854 (now Act 21 of 2021), licensing waivers will remain active until September 30, 2021, unless ended sooner. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.
POSTED: 05/14/2021 - On 5/13/21, the CDC provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Masking requirement will still be in place for unvaccinated individuals until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
For more information please read the CDC guidance and the DOH press release.
The Department's offices in the North Office Building remain closed to the public. The Department of State continues to serve the public during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
For more details visit:
If you are a member of the immigrant, refugee, or asylee community and you:
- have worked in a licensed profession or applied for a professional license in PA; OR
- moved to PA in the last 5 years.
Please help us improve the licensure process for new Pennsylvanians by taking our survey, which is available in: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Emergency Provisional Orthotist, Orthotic Fitter, Pedorthist, Prosthetist (PDF)
Athletic Trainers - Expansion of Scope of Practice to Provide Assistance in Responding to COVID-19 (PDF)
Temporary Emergency Physician (PDF)
PERFUSIONIST EMERGENCY TEMPORARY LICENSE.pdf
EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST.pdf
EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL RESPIRATORY THERAPIST.pdf
EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL NURSE MIDWIFE (PDF)
Please note, all temporary emergency licenses will expire on June 30, 2021. This expiration date will not be extended.
Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccination
Posted: 3/8/2021 - State Board of Medicine encourages Pennsylvanians to stay informed and get vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are eligible.
State Board of Medicine Encourages Continued Vigilance to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 10/28/20
Physician Assistants licensed under SBOM should refer to this emergency services provision
Obstetricians, please find a letter from Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on providing obstetric care during COVID-19 here
Renwal deadline extension for GMTs
Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Information for telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency.
Telehealth behavioral health services to Medical Assistance beneficiaries information:OMHSAS-COVID-19-Telehealth-Expansion.pdf
Message from DEA regarding COVID-19 (PDF)
Persons of all backgrounds interested in helping during Pennsylvania’s time of need are welcome to sign up at the State Emergency Registry for Volunteers in PA
State Board of Medicine
State Board of Medicine Licensure Guide & Timeline
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that persons pretending to be from the State Board of Medicine are contacting licensees by phone and mail about the status of their licenses. The scammers are altering their information that shows on caller ID to appear to be from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the Board phone number (“spoofing”) and have also forged Department of State letterhead. The scammers are threatening license suspension for failure to act and falsely claiming involvement with federal agencies such as the FBI and DEA. The scammers are known to aggressively threaten license suspension for a failure to provide requested personal information or when asked for a phone number where they can be reached.
BPOA reminds licensees and applicants of the following:
- We will NOT contact you by phone to request credit card payment, wire transfer or a money order.
- We will NEVER request payment be wired or otherwise transferred to a foreign country.
- Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone, text message or fax, including your zip code.
- BPOA will NOT threaten you. The Department initiates disciplinary action through an administrative process. If you are the subject of an investigation or disciplinary action, you will receive notice by certified mail and/or personal service.
- We WILL provide you with a contact name and phone number if you are the subject of an investigation or disciplinary action.
- CONTACT your local police department or the Pennsylvania State Police if you believe you have been the victim of a scam.
The State Board of Medicine regulates the practice of medicine through the licensure, registration and certification of members of the medical profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board regulates medical doctors; physician assistants; radiology technicians; respiratory therapists; nurse-midwives; acupuncturists; practitioners of oriental medicine; perfusionists; behavioral specialists; and athletic trainers. The Board also has authority take disciplinary or corrective action against individuals it regulates.
The Board periodically reviews the character of the instruction and the facilities possessed by each of the medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth. The Board also reviews the facilities and qualifications of medical colleges and other medical facilities outside the Commonwealth whose trainees or graduates desire to obtain licensure, certification or graduate medical training in the Commonwealth.
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.