Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Department 360 - RULES OF GEORGIA COMPOSITE MEDICAL BOARD.
Chapter 360-6 - ACUPUNCTURE
Rule 360-6-.16 - Informed Consent for Treatment

Universal Citation: GA Rules and Regs r 360-6-.16

RULE 360-6-.16. Informed Consent for Treatment

(1) Any person who undergoes acupuncture must consent in writing prior to such a procedure and shall be informed in general terms of the following:

(a) That an acupuncturist is not licensed to practice medicine in the State of Georgia;

(b) That an acupuncturist cannot practice medicine in the State of Georgia;

(c) That the acupuncturist is not making a medical diagnosis of the person's disease or medical condition;

(d) That, if the person wants to obtain a medical diagnosis, the person should see a licensed physician and seek medical advise from a licensed physician; and

(e) The nature and purpose of the acupuncture treatment being rendered.

(2) Any person who undergoes auricular (ear) detoxification must consent in writing prior to such a procedure and shall be informed in general terms of the following:

(a) That an Auricular (ear) Detoxification Technician is not licensed to practice medicine in the State of Georgia;

(b) That an Auricular (ear) Detoxification Technician cannot practice medicine in the State of Georgia;

(c) That an Auricular (ear) Detoxification Technician is not licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of Georgia;

(d) That an Auricular (ear) Detoxification Technician is not making a diagnosis of the person's disease or medical condition;

(e) That, if the person wants to obtain a medical diagnosis, the person should see a licensed physician and seek medical advice from a licensed physician; and

(f) The nature and purpose of the auricular (ear) detoxification therapy procedure being rendered.

(g) An Auricular (ear) Detoxification Technician is strictly limited to five ear points' treatment for detoxification for substance abuse, chemical dependency, or both.

(h) Persons licensed to practice acupuncture or auricular (ear) detoxification must use a Board approved, standardized "informed consent" form for each person treated. The form shall be signed and dated by both practitioner and patient prior to the rendering of services.

O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-34-63, 43-34-68.

(Original Rule entitled "Imposition of Sanctions. Use of Referral Fees Prohibited" adopted as ER. 360-6-0.10-.16. F. Aug. 10, 2000; eff. Aug. 21, 2000, as specified by the Agency, to be in effect for 120 days or until the effective date of a permanent Rule covering the same subject matter is adopted, as specified by the Agency. Amended: Permanent Rule entitled "Informed Consent for Treatment" adopted. F. Nov. 20, 2000; eff. Dec. 10, 2000. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Jan. 16, 2001; eff. Feb. 5, 2001. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Oct. 6, 2009; eff. Oct. 26, 2009.)
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