Chiropractic Board rules adopted 6/26/2009 require as of January 1, 2010, an applicant for licensure to successfully complete either the national standardized certification examination in acupuncture offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (which requires 100 hours of training) or the examination offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (which requires 1490 hours of training) in order to practice acupuncture.
Now, proposed Chiropractic Board rule number 71.15 promulgates to recognize as acupuncture specialists chiropractors who complete the minimum allowed 100 hours of training in acupuncture and take the NBCE exam. The continuing education requirement proposed under this new rule would be 3 hours in clean needle technique every 5 years. By way of contrast, the other recognized specialties in chiropractic require 3 year residencies.
“The mission of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners is to promote, preserve, and protect the health, safety, and economic welfare of the people of Texas through the regulation of the practice of chiropractic…” and “…to ensure the highest quality professionals serve Texas chiropractic patients effectively and ethically.”
It is the position of the undersigned concerned citizens that rule 71.15 is outside the mission of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners and should not be adopted. 100 hours is a substandard level of training for the practice of acupuncture (the Chiropractic Board’s own rules recognize the 1490 hour standard set by NCCAOM), and to condone as a “specialist” someone with such minimal training is a flagrant misrepresentation to the public.