News from the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 12:00 AM

The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards hosted its 90th Annual Educational Congress in Phoenix, Arizona.  The conference focused on clarity in regulation, and approximately 145 attendees from North America, Australia, and New Zealand represented chiropractic licensing boards, testing, associations, and chiropractic colleges at the congress.

The FCLB promoted their CERTIFIED CHIROPRACTIC CLINICAL ASSISTANTS program.  With one in 20 malpractice claims relating to injuries with therapies, CA training and monitoring has become a regulatory concern.  In most US jurisdictions, there is no regulatory oversight for chiropractic assistants the FCLB reports.  As a service to member boards, the FCLB has developed a multi-part program for certifying and regulating chiropractic clinical assistants. The components of this program include:  Model documents for boards that do not currently regulate CAs; a database of PACE Recognized continuing education programs that offer both online and live CA training; and a complete CA certification program that combines minimum training standards and experience, an examination developed and administered by the NBCE, and continuing education requirements to maintain certification.  To learn more about this program, please visit the FCLB website and click on “Chiro Assistants.”

The FCLB also reported on its developing Passport program that will offer selective authentication of licensure status for temporary mobility.  Our new program will include NPI  information as well as verification of good standing and clean criminal backgrounds for DCs interested in traveling to treat. 

Continuing on the FCLB Board of Directors is Dr. Cynthia Tays (TX), District IV FCLB Director.


The FCLB delegate body voted to pass all three bylaws amendments proposed this year.

Amendment 1
 (Article V, section 3) clarified when a newly-elected District Director becomes a member of the Board of Directors.

Amendment 2 (Article VII, Section 1) designates the authority of the Board of Directors to interpret bylaws.

Amendment 3 (Article VII, Section 3) establishes a residency requirement for District Directors.

Also approved by the delegate body was a resolution encouraging member boards to include PACE in their continuing education approval processes.

The complete text of this year’s bylaws amendments and resolution is available online.  A complete agenda, list of faculty, awards presentations and many of the 2016 educational sessions are available on the Federation’s website at

The educational portion of the conference opened with the 26th Annual Joseph Janse Lecture delivered by Dr. Wayne Wolfson of Florida who talked about the inspiration and leadership of Dr. Janse.  Dr. Terry Yochum, well-known chiropractic radiologist, author, and speaker, presented an in-depth look at malpractice case studies.  Dr. James Kurtz, Clinic Director of NW Sports Rehab and team chiropractor for the Seattle Seahawks, spoke on the spirit of chiropractic.

Other educational sessions at the conference included:

  • Malpractice cases
  • NC Dental Board v. FTC
  • Licensees on Social Media
  • Regulatory Ethics
  • Competence and Safety in Accreditation and Regulation
  • Addressing Common and Uncommon Regulatory Scenarios
  • Licensure Exams and Services of the NBCE
  • Development of International Standards
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Board Member Training