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Regulation of CAM Practices, License, and Certification

Who or what regulates the practice of CAM or oversees the care delivered by various CAM practitioners?

What is the difference between a healthcare license and being "certified" in some specialty?

Who can provide a license? Who can provide "certification"?

What important implications does all of this have for consumers?

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Who or what regulates the practice of CAM or oversees the care delivered by various CAM practitioners?

Many people with musculoskeletal problems use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in addition to traditional medical care. CAM providers have varied backgrounds and training. Professional licensing and the regulation of CAM providers vary from state to state. Some states require that certain CAM professionals be licensed, certified or registered to practice.
Professional boards and organizations often assist in the licensing process. A licensing board, for example, may include professionals in the field, legal advisors and government representatives. These boards create licensing regulations, collect licensing and application fees and determine policies ...

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State (not federal) law controls much of CAM practice. State law regulates the use of CAM therapies through a variety of legal rules. Of these, several major areas of concern for clinicians are professional licensure, scope of practice, and malpractice.License is permission to do something whereas certification is not a permission to act, but rather a statement of completion or qualification.

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