The FCA has already reported on the recent action by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine to pursue legislation authorizing the acceptance of some online CE's for chiropractic license renewal in Florida. Naysayers are still vilifying the BOCM for not making a change by board rule. Based upon the continued spread of misinformation as to the Board's ability to change existing Florida law and the FCA's position on online CE's, we are again clarifying.
Why does there have to be a change in the law? Basic principles of law require a statutory change to allow for online CE's for chiropractic license renewal purposes because of words in the current law that require contact between student and instructor, describing a classroom or lecture experience. Therefore, the Board of Chiropractic Medicine does not have the legal authority to make the change via rule. If they made a rule anyway, it likely would not survive review by JAPC, the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee that reviews all rules promulgated by various boards in light of the statute that each rule seeks to implement.
The bottom line is that the BOCM did vote at its last meeting to move toward pursuing a change in the statute to allow for online CE's and the FCA testified in support of its action. The FCA board has authorized staff to begin preparation for the offering of online CE's.