Business and Professions Code - BPC

Published: 2015-07-08

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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 5. Medicine [2000 - 2521]

  ( Chapter 5 repealed and added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1313, Sec. 2. )
ARTICLE 23. Alternative Practices and Treatments [2500 - 2501]
  ( Article 23 added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 660, Sec. 3. )


The boards acknowledge the significant interest of physicians and patients alike in integrating preventative approaches and holistic-based alternatives into the practice of medicine, including, but not limited to, biopsychosocial techniques, nutrition, and the use of natural supplements to enhance health and wellness. The boards shall establish specific policies in this regard and shall review statutes and recommend modifications of law, when appropriate, in order to assure California consumers that the quality of medicine practiced in this state is the most advanced and innovative it can be both in terms of preserving the health of, as well as providing effective diagnosis and treatment of illness for, the residents of this state.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 660, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2001.)


In fulfilling their responsibilities under this article, the boards shall , on or before July 1, 2002, establish disciplinary policies and procedures to reflect emerging and innovative medical practices for licensed physicians and surgeons. The boards shall solicit the participation of interested parties in the development and preparation of these policies and procedures and shall consult technical advisors as necessary to fulfill the purposes of this article. In preparing these policies and procedures, the boards shall consult with professional medical associations and review the need for any changes in the boards’ services, procedures, and activities. The boards shall also assess the need for:

(a) Specific standards for informed consent, if any, in order for patients to be able to understand the risks and benefits associated with the range of treatment options available.

(b) Standards for investigations to assure competent review in cases involving the practice of any type of alternative medicine, including, but not limited to, the skills and training of investigators.

(Added by Stats. 2000, Ch. 660, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2001.)