Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter IV. General Provisions Relating to Health Occupation Boards.


§ 3–1204.01. Qualifications of members.

(a) The members of each board shall be residents of the District at the time of their appointments and while they are members of the board.

(b)(1) Each professional member of a board, in addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, shall have been engaged in the practice of the health occupation regulated by the board for at least 3 years preceding appointment.

(2) The dietitian and nutritionist members initially appointed to the Board of Dietetics and Nutrition, the nonphysician acupuncturist member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Acupuncture, the anesthesiologist assistant member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants, the physician assistant member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants, the polysomnographic technologist members initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Polysomnography, the surgical assistant member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants, the trauma technologist member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trauma Technologists, the respiratory care members initially appointed to the Board of Respiratory Care, the social worker members initially appointed to the Board of Social Work, the professional counselor members initially appointed to the Board of Professional Counseling, the audiologist and speech-language pathologist members initially appointed to the Board, the clinical laboratory practitioner members initially appointed to the Board, the naturopathic physician member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine, marriage and family therapist members initially appointed to the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the massage therapy members initially appointed to the Board of Massage Therapy shall be eligible for and shall file a timely application for licensure in the District. The advanced registered nurse members initially appointed to the Board of Nursing shall be licensed in the District as registered nurses, shall meet the qualifications of this chapter to practice their respective specialties, shall have practiced their respective specialties for at least 3 years preceding appointment, and shall file a timely application for certification to practice their respective specialties. The veterinary technician member initially appointed to the Board of Veterinary Medicine shall be eligible for and shall file a timely application for certification in the District.

(c) Each consumer member of a board, in addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, shall:

(1) Be at least 18 years old;

(2) Not be a health professional or in training to become a health professional;

(3) Not have a household member who is a health professional or is in training to become a health professional; and

(4) Not own, operate, or be employed in or have a household member who owns, operates, or is employed in a business which has as its primary purpose the sale of goods or services to health professionals or health-care facilities.

(d) Within the meaning of subsection (c) of this section, the term “household member” means a relative, by blood, marriage, or domestic partnership, or a ward of an individual who shares the individual’s actual residence.

(e) The office of a member of a board or advisory committee shall be forfeited upon the member’s failure to maintain the qualifications required by this chapter.

(f) Each professional member of a board or advisory committee shall disqualify himself or herself from acting on his or her own application for licensure or license renewal or on any other matter related to his or her practice of a health occupation.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 401, 33 DCR 729; July 22, 1992, D.C. Law 9-126, § 2(e), 39 DCR 3824; Mar. 14, 1995, D.C. Law 10-203, § 2(d), 41 DCR 7707; Mar. 14, 1995, D.C. Law 10-205, § 2(c), 41 DCR 7712; Apr. 18, 1996, D.C. Law 11-110, § 7(a), 43 DCR 530; March 10, 2004, D.C. Law 15-88, § 2(f), 50 DCR 10999; July 8, 2004, D.C. Law 15-172, § 2(d), 51 DCR 4938; Mar. 16, 2005, D.C. Law 15-237, § 2(e), 51 DCR 10593; Mar. 6, 2007, D.C. Law 16-219, § 2(e), 53 DCR 10211; Mar. 6, 2007, D.C. Law 16-228, § 2(e), 53 DCR 10244; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 10(b), 55 DCR 6758; July 7, 2009, D.C. Law 18-12, § 2(c), 56 DCR 3605; Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-64, § 2(d), 60 DCR 16533; Mar. 26, 2014, D.C. Law 20-96, § 102(j), 61 DCR 1184; May 2, 2015, D.C. Law 20-272, § 2(d), 62 DCR 1911.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1202.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 15-88, in subsec. (b)(2), inserted “marriage and family therapist members initially appointed to the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy,” after “Board of Professional Counseling”.

D.C. Law 15-172, in par. (2) of subsec. (b), substituted “Counseling, the naturopathic physician member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Naturopathic Medicine,” for “Counseling,”.

D.C. Law 15-237, in par. (2) of subsec. (b), inserted “the anesthesiologist assistant member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistants,”.

D.C. Law 16-219, in subsec. (b)(2), substituted “appointed to the Board of Professional Counseling, the audiologist and speech-language pathologist members initially appointed to the Board” for “appointed to the Board of Professional Counseling”.

D.C. Law 16-228, in subsec. (b)(2), inserted “the surgical assistant member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Surgical Assistants” following “the Advisory Committee on Physician Assistants,”.

D.C. Law 17-231, in subsec. (d), substituted “by blood, marriage, or domestic partnership” for “by blood or marriage”.

D.C. Law 18-12, in subsec. (b)(2), substituted “Physician Assistants, the polysomnographic technologist members initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Polysomnography, the surgical” for “Physician Assistants, the surgical”.

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-64 added “the trauma technologist member initially appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trauma Technologists” in (b)(2).

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-96 added the last sentence of (b)(2).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-272 added “the clinical laboratory practitioner members initially appointed to the Board” in (b)(2).


§ 3–1204.02. Terms of members; filling of vacancies.

(a) The terms of members of a board or advisory committee, after the initial terms, shall expire on the 3rd anniversary of the date the 1st members constituting a quorum take the oath of office.

(b) At the end of a term, a member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed and sworn into office.

(c) A vacancy on a board or advisory committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made.

(d) A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only until the expiration of the term or until a successor is appointed and sworn into office.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 402, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1202.03.


§ 3–1204.03. Limitation on consecutive terms.

No member of a board or advisory committee shall be appointed to serve more than 3 full consecutive 3-year terms; provided, that the Mayor may appoint a member of a board to serve more than 3 full terms if considered necessary.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 403, 33 DCR 729; July 18, 2009, D.C. Law 18-26, § 2(d)(1), 56 DCR 4043.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.3.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1202.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-26 substituted “terms; provided, that the Mayor may appoint a member of a board to serve more than 3 full terms if considered necessary” for “terms”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d)(1) of Health Occupations Revision General Amendment Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-146, July 28, 2009, 56 DCR 6308).


§ 3–1204.04. Removal.

(a) The Mayor may remove a member of a board or advisory committee for incompetence, misconduct, or neglect of duty, after due notice and a hearing.

(b) The failure of a member of a board or advisory committee to attend at least 1/2 of the regular, scheduled meetings of the board or advisory committee within a 12-month period shall constitute neglect of duty within the meaning of subsection (a) of this section.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 404, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.4.


§ 3–1204.05. Officers; meetings; quorum.

(a) From among the members of each board and advisory committee, the Mayor shall designate a chairperson.

(b) Each board and advisory committee shall determine the times and places of its meetings and shall publish notice of regular meetings at least 1 week in advance in the District of Columbia Register.

(c) A majority of the appointed members of each board and advisory committee shall constitute a quorum.

(d) An affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum shall be required to approve a measure before a board.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 405, 33 DCR 729; July 18, 2009, D.C. Law 18-26, § 2(d)(2), 56 DCR 4043.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.5.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-26, in subsec. (c), substituted “appointed members” for “members”; and added subsec. (d).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(d)(2) of Health Occupations Revision General Amendment Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-146, July 28, 2009, 56 DCR 6308).


§ 3–1204.06. Compensation.

Members of each board and advisory committee shall be entitled to receive compensation in accordance with § 1-611.08, and in addition shall be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 406, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.6.


§ 3–1204.07. Staff.

For each board, the Mayor may set the compensation of personnel he or she deems advisable, subject to available appropriations, in accordance with Chapter 6 of Title 1.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 407, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.7.


§ 3–1204.08. General powers and duties.

Each board shall:

(1) Administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter, and rules and regulations issued pursuant to this chapter, related to the health occupation regulated by the board;

(2) Evaluate the qualifications and supervise the examinations of applicants for licenses, either personally or through the use of consultant services;

(3) Make recommendations to the Mayor, upon request by the Mayor or when the board determines it necessary, for standards and procedures to be used in determining the acceptability of foreign education and training programs as substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter;

(4) Issue licenses to qualified applicants;

(5) Issue subpoenas, examine witnesses, and administer oaths;

(6) Receive and review complaints of violations of this chapter or rules and regulations issued pursuant to this chapter;

(7) Request the Mayor, on its own initiative or on the basis of a complaint, to conduct investigations of allegations of practices violating the provisions of this chapter with respect to the health occupation regulated by the board; and

(8) Conduct hearings and keep records and minutes necessary to carry out its functions.

(9) Issue advisory opinions regarding compliance with acceptable standards of practice.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 408, 33 DCR 729; Mar. 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-247, § 2(g), 42 DCR 457.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.8.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 48-853.01.


§ 3–1204.09. Fees.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Mayor is authorized to establish a fee schedule for all services related to the regulation of all health occupations under this chapter, in accordance with the requirements of District law.

(b)(1) The fee for the issuance of a medical license shall be set by the Board of Medicine; provided, that the fee shall be no less than $500 and shall be sufficient to fund the programmatic needs of the Board.

(2) The fee for the issuance of a license to practice pharmaceutical detailing shall be set by the Board of Pharmacy.

(3) The fee for the issuance of a license to practice by a physician-in-training, if any, shall be determined by the Board of Medicine.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 409, 33 DCR 729; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-263, § 201(b), 54 DCR 807; Mar. 26, 2008, D.C. Law 17-131, § 102(d), 55 DCR 1659; Mar. 14, 2012, D.C. Law 19-104, § 2(c), 59 DCR 435.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.9.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-263 inserted “; provided, that the fee for the issuance of a medical license shall be set by the Board of Medicine; provided further, that the fee shall be no less than $500 and shall be sufficient to fund the programmatic needs of the Board”.

D.C. Law 17-131 rewrote the section, which had read as follows: “The Mayor is authorized to establish a fee schedule for all services related to the regulation of all health occupations under this chapter, in accordance with the requirements of District law; provided, that the fee for the issuance of a medical license shall be set by the Board of Medicine; provided further, that the fee shall be no less than $500 and shall be sufficient to fund the programmatic needs of the Board.”

D.C. Law 19-104 added subsec. (b)(3).


§ 3–1204.10. Disposition of funds.

All fees, civil fines, and other funds collected pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited to the General Fund of the District.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 410, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.10.


§ 3–1204.11. Annual report.

Each board shall, before January 1 of each year, submit a report to the Mayor and the Council of its official acts during the preceding fiscal year.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 411, 33 DCR 729.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-3304.11.


§ 3–1204.12. Collaborative practice agreements; expansion.

In addition to the authority granted by this chapter to physicians and pharmacists to enter into collaborative practice agreements, the Mayor may authorize, in consultation with the relevant health occupation board, through rulemaking, additional licensed health practitioners to enter into collaborative practice agreements with pharmacists.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 412; as added Oct. 22, 2012, D.C. Law 19-185, § 2(c), 59 DCR 9454.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-1202.08.

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-185 added this section.