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About Formal Discipline

Idaho laws requiring licensure or registration exist to protect the public health by assuring the competence of professionals practicing in the state.

The Board investigates an applicant's background and qualifications before a permanent license is issued. The Board takes action when violations of the practice act can be proven.

Idaho law provides specific grounds and guidelines for professional discipline. For disciplinary sanctions to be imposed, evidence must be obtained, verified, and presented to the Committee on Professional Discipline or the appropriate licensing board who then makes a recommendation to the Board of Medicine. The Board of Medicine is the final authority in matters of discipline.

Formal disciplinary actions include both Consent Orders or Stipulated Agreements (where both the Board and the respondent agree to the discipline and sign an "agreement") and Board Final Orders (usually the result of an administrative hearing).  Sanctions imposed by the Board may take many forms, including orders for probation, education, public service, suspension, fines, and license revocation.

Formal disciplinary action usually results when there is a provable pattern of unlawful practice. While formal discipline is most often a public record, isolated errors of practice may result in corrective efforts such as education, treatment, mentors, or voluntary or involuntary limitations of practice. These actions may or may not be public information. Public Board actions are available for review on the license verification portion of this web site.

A complainant's request for confidentiality cannot be respected, and such requests may make investigation impossible.