Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 37.2
The Practice of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-37.2-15

§ 5-37.2-15. Suspension, revocation, or refusal of license — Grounds.

The department may either refuse to issue or may suspend or revoke any license for any one or any combination of the following causes:

(1) Conviction of a felony, or conviction of a violation of any state or federal law regulating the possession, distribution, or use of any controlled substance as defined in § 21-28-1.02, as shown by a certified copy of record of the court;

(2) The obtaining of, or any attempt to obtain, a license, or to practice in the profession for money or any other thing of value, by fraudulent misrepresentations;

(3) Gross malpractice;

(4) Advertising by means of knowingly false or deceptive statement;

(5) Advertising, practicing, or attempting to practice under a name other than one’s own;

(6) Habitual drunkenness or habitual addiction to the use of a controlled substance as defined in § 21-28-1.02;

(7) Using any false, fraudulent, or forged statement or document, or engaging in any fraudulent, deceitful, dishonest, immoral practice in connection with the licensing requirement of this chapter;

(8) Sustaining a physical or mental disability that renders further practice dangerous;

(9) Engaging in any dishonorable, unethical, or unprofessional conduct that may deceive, defraud, or harm the public, or that is unbecoming a person licensed to practice under this chapter;

(10) Using any false or fraudulent statement in connection with the practice of acupuncture or any branch of acupuncture;

(11) Violating, or attempting to violate, or assisting or abetting the violation of, or conspiring to violate, any provision of this chapter;

(12) Being adjudicated incompetent or insane;

(13) Advertising in an unethical or unprofessional manner;

(14) Obtaining a fee or financial benefit for any person by the use of fraudulent diagnosis, therapy, or treatment;

(15) Willfully disclosing a privileged communication;

(16) Failure of a licensee to designate his or her school of practice in the professional use of his or her name by the term “doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine”;

(17) Willful violation of the law relating to the health, safety, or welfare of the public, or of the rules and regulations promulgated by the state board of health;

(18) Administering, dispensing, or prescribing any controlled substance as defined in § 21-28-1.02, except for the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease or for relief from suffering; and

(19) Performing, assisting, or advising in the injection of any liquid silicone substance into the human body.

History of Section.
P.L. 1978, ch. 287, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 181, art. 18, § 2; P.L. 2015, ch. 140, § 2; P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 20, § 7; P.L. 2015, ch. 150, § 2; P.L. 2021, ch. 62, § 2, effective June 25, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 68, § 2, effective June 25, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 400, § 10, effective July 13, 2021; P.L. 2021, ch. 401, § 10, effective July 13, 2021.