Notice of Regulatory Change Regarding Uniform Standards

Substance abuse is an increasing problem in the health care professions, where the impairment of a health care practitioner for even one moment can mean irreparable harm to a patient. The Legislature enacted Business and Professions Code section 315, which established in the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) the Substance Abuse Coordination Committee for the purpose of determining uniform standards that will be used by boards in dealing with substance-abusing licensees.

This regulatory change adopts regulations regarding the discipline of substance-abusing licensees and incorporates by reference DCA's uniform standards document for the Board to use. These approved regulations will enhance the Board’s mission to protect the public by providing the Board with consistent standards in dealing with substance-abusing licensees.

For additional information, the regulatory documents can be found below.

Uniform Standards

Effective Date of Regulation: April 1, 2023

This approved regulation amends sections 1399.102 and 1399.131 and adopts section 1399.131.1 to Division 13.3; and amends section 1399.155 and adopts section 1399.155.1 to Division 13.4, of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.