(A) Each chiropractic physician who receives a certificate to practice acupuncture shall thereafter apply for renewal of such certificate on a biennial basis and pay a non-refundable one hundred dollar renewal fee made payable to the treasurer, state of Ohio postmarked before the first day of April of each even numbered year. Such renewal shall be made on forms prescribed by the board. Each licensee shall complete the certificate renewal application and supply all information necessary to process the application.
(B) At least sixty days prior to the expiration of a certificate, the executive director shall send notification of renewal to every licensee to whom a certificate was issued or renewed during the current biennial period and post the license renewal applicaton on the board's website. Failure to receive the board's notification of renewal shall not exonerate the licensee from the board's certificate renewal requirements.
(C) Each licensee shall complete the certificate renewal application and supply all information necessary to process the application. An acupuncture certificate shall not be renewed unless the licensee's chiropractic license is likewise renewed.
(D) Each licensee shall attest on the application for certificate renewal to having earned twelve hours of acupuncture CE. Acupuncture CE may be earned within the state of Ohio, outside the state of Ohio or via electronic learning so long as the CE is sponsored by a board-approved chiropractic educational institution, a non-profit association, accredited academic health institution or hospital and comply with the applicable requirements of rules 4734-7-02 and 4734-7-03 of the Administrative Code.
(E) Electronic learning includes, but is not limited to, CD, DVD, MP3 audio programs, video programs, internet programs and virtual education opportunities that provide a certificate of attendance/completion. Electronic learning does not include journals and/or publications in any format.
(F) Licensees applying for their first initial renewal shall be exempt from reporting CE credit.
(G) It is the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that all CE hours earned for certificate renewal purposes are offered specifically for Ohio CE credit.
(H) CE shall be earned in the two year period immediately preceding the first day of April of the year in which certificate renewal is required. CE hours shall not be carried over from one renewal period to the next.
(I) Instructors of CE programs that are offered for CE credit and sponsored by a board-approved CE sponsor may claim CE credit equal to one times the number of hours in which they teach.
(J) Each licensee shall maintain verification of earned CE for no less than three full years from completion of the CE activity.
(K) The board may select applications for audit to verify that all CE requirements have been met. Licensees whose applications are selected for audit shall submit documentation of compliance with the required CE hours within thirty days from the date of the board's notification.
(L) No licensee shall destroy, alter, or otherwise make unavailable documentation of CE and shall produce such documentation upon demand. Failure to maintain CE records rebuts the presumption that the required CE hours were met.
(M) A waiver, extension, or reduction of CE hours may be granted to a licensee due to illness, disability, or other good cause shown . A request for a waiver, extension, or reduction of CE hours must be made to the board in writing no less than sixty days prior to the expiration of the certificate.
(N) Any incomplete renewal will be returned to the licensee indicating the reason for such return. If the renewal application is not returned to the board postmarked before April first, the certificate shall be classified as expired. The certificate may be restored upon receipt of a complete certificate renewal application, the one hundred dollar renewal fee and proof of twelve CE hours earned in accordance with this chapter.
(O) If a check for certificate renewal is returned for insufficient funds, the board shall promptly notify the licensee. The licensee must submit a certified check or money order in the amount of one hundred dollars within ten days of the date of notification from the board. If the payment is not received postmarked before April first, the certificate shall be considered expired. The certificate may be restored upon receipt of a complete certificate renewal application, the one hundred dollar renewal fee and proof of twelve CE hours earned in accordance with this chapter.
(P) Failure to renew a certificate results in the forfeiture of the licensee's right to practice acupuncture in the state of Ohio.
(Q) If the board proposes to refuse to renew a certificate for the licensee's failure to meet the certificate renewal requirements, the licensee shall be entitled to a hearing on the question of such proposed denial. Notice and hearing requirements incident to such proposed denial shall be in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and Chapter 4734-4 of the Administrative Code.
(R) If the board proposes to discipline a licensee for failure to meet the CE requirements after an audit is conducted, the licensee shall be entitled to a hearing on the question of such proposed discipline. Notice and hearing requirements incident to such proposed denial shall be in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and Chapter 4734-4 of the Administrative Code.