TBCE Adopts Rules Changes
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:54 AM

CHAPTER 73, RULE 73.4 

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) adopts amendment to Chapter 73, §73.4, concerning Rules of Conduct for Facility Owners, without changes to the proposed text as published in the November 20, 2015, issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 8089). The rule text will not be republished here.

This section establishes requirements and procedures related to chiropractic facilities.  The rule is amended to require facility owners to maintain a current address with the Board.

The Board did discuss the issue of notification being required within five (5) business days should a facility change its address. Staff noted that the window was relatively short as compared to a physical mail address because electronic-mail is often used for matters where time is of the essence. Additionally, it should be noted that the postal service, unlike electronic-mail in general, has a forwarding service so that communication may flow unimpeded. Staff additionally indicated that the shortened timeframe was not intended to be a tool to create a compliance issue but to impress upon the facility owner the urgency of providing an update to maintain unimpeded communication flow.


CHAPTER 75, RULE 75.1

The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Board) adopts amendments to Chapter 75, §75.1, concerning Licenses and Renewals, with changes to the proposed text as published in the November 20, 2015, issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 8090).

This section establishes requirements and procedures related to licenses and renewal.  The rule is amended to require licensees to maintain a current address with the Board, and it additionally makes physical address changes submitted to the Board through online portals effective. Board staff did note that it had already begun to process physical address changes through online portals.

§75.1.Notification and Change of Address.

(a) Licensees shall maintain a current physical home and business address with the Board. In addition, a different mailing address may be provided beyond that of the home and business address. Within 30 days of a change in any of these addresses, a licensee shall notify the Board of the change in writing via U.S. mail, electronic-mail, facsimile, or other written communication. The notification of address change shall clearly and legibly identify the licensee, the address to be changed, the license number(s) associated with the address, and shall be signed by the licensee(s).

(b) The notification shall be signed by the licensee and must include the license number.

(c) A licensee shall maintain a current electronic mail address with the board. A licensee shall notify the board, by electronic mail, of any change in the electronic mailing address within five (5) business days of the change. The notification must include the license number.