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Temporary Emergency License for Foreign-Licensed Physicians

The State of New Jersey is issuing temporary, emergency licenses to foreign-licensed physicians so that they may provide essential healthcare services during the current public health emergency. The Board of Medical Examiners is now issuing these licenses to physicians holding plenary, unrestricted licenses in good-standing in other countries.

To be eligible for a temporary emergency license during the public health emergency, a foreign-licensed physician must: 

  • Hold a current, valid, unrestricted license (or licenses) to practice medicine in a foreign country;
     
  • Have at least five years of experience practicing clinical medicine under the license(s);

  • Have practiced clinical medicine at some time within the last five years (i.e., between 2015 and 2020);
     
  • Be lawfully present and eligible to work in the United States (requirement under federal law);
     
  • Complete an application, which will require submission of a copy of the medical license; and 

  • Certify to the accuracy of statements and documents submitted as part of the application.

When working under this license, foreign-licensed physicians will be limited to providing in-person, clinical medical services in a New Jersey DOH-licensed facility (e.g., hospital, field hospital, long-term care facilities) or other location designated as an emergency health care center by the Commissioner of Health.

Please click here for FAQs which have additional information on the Temporary Emergency Foreign Physician Licensure Program.

Click here for instructions on how to Register for an account to begin the application process.

Click here to start the application process.


Waiver of In-Person Continuing Education Requirements

To promote social distancing during the public health emergency related to COVID-19, the Division has temporarily suspending rules for sixteen boards and committees who ordinarily require in-person continuing education to maintain a professional license, certificate of registration, or certification. The following sixteen boards and committees will count all continuing education credits earned during the current public health emergency as in-person credits:

  1. Acupuncture Examining Board
  2. Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee
  3. Art Therapists Advisory Committee
  4. Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  5. Board of Dentistry
  6. Electrologists Advisory Committee
  7. Elevator, Escalator, and Moving Walkway Mechanics Licensing Board
  8. Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee
  9. Home Inspection Advisory Committee
  10. Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
  11. Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
  12. Board of Mortuary Science
  13. Board of Optometrists
  14. Perfusionists Advisory Committee
  15. Board of Pharmacy
  16. Board of Psychological Examiners

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Temporary Emergency License for Foreign-Licensed Physicians

The State of New Jersey is issuing temporary, emergency licenses to foreign-licensed physicians so that they may provide essential healthcare services during the current public health emergency. The Board of Medical Examiners is now issuing these licenses to physicians holding plenary, unrestricted licenses in good-standing in other countries.

To be eligible for a temporary emergency license during the public health emergency, a foreign-licensed physician must: 

  • Hold a current, valid, unrestricted license (or licenses) to practice medicine in a foreign country;
     
  • Have at least five years of experience practicing clinical medicine under the license(s);

  • Have practiced clinical medicine at some time within the last five years (i.e., between 2015 and 2020);
     
  • Be lawfully present and eligible to work in the United States (requirement under federal law);
     
  • Complete an application, which will require submission of a copy of the medical license; and 

  • Certify to the accuracy of statements and documents submitted as part of the application.

When working under this license, foreign-licensed physicians will be limited to providing in-person, clinical medical services in a New Jersey DOH-licensed facility (e.g., hospital, field hospital, long-term care facilities) or other location designated as an emergency health care center by the Commissioner of Health.

Please click here for FAQs which have additional information on the Temporary Emergency Foreign Physician Licensure Program.

Click here for instructions on how to Register for an account to begin the application process.

Click here to start the application process.


Suspension of Certain Restrictions on the Scope of Practice for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs)

Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 112 on April 1, 2020, subsequently followed by the Division of Consumer Affairs' corresponding  Administrative Order on April 3, 2020. These Orders suspend certain restrictions on the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) during the state of emergency and public health emergency declared on March 9, 2020.

Please click here to Acting Director Paul R. Rodríguez’s letter to APNs, PAs, and physicians containing important information about the suspension of these restrictions.


Reactivating Your Retired Practitioner's License

New Jersey has made it easy for retired healthcare practitioners to immediately reactivate their New Jersey licenses to join the fight against COVID-19. For more information on how to reactivate a retired, expired, or inactive NJ license, click here


Temporary Removal of Practicing Limits for Physician Assistants (PAs) & Advanced Practice Nurses

To empower PAs and APNs to more fully assist in the fight against COVID-19, the Division has temporarily lifted supervisory requirements for these advanced practice clinician. To learn more about the supervisory waivers, click here


Telehealth

As health care providers are encouraged to use telehealth to the greatest extent possible, to reduce unnecessary COVID-19 exposure to themselves, their coworkers, and their patients, the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued telemedicine guidance to help practitioners understand how to take full advantage of the options available to them. For more information, click here


Administrative Order Imposing Emergency Statewide Restrictions on Certain Prescription Medications

The Division of Consumer Affairs issued an Administrative Order on March 29, 2020, imposing statewide restrictions on prescribing and dispensing of certain drugs that are in short supply, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

Today the Division issued Administrative Order 2020-03 which supersedes Administrative Order 2020-01. The new order reiterates the restrictions contained in the prior order, but includes additional exceptions for prescriptions to patients in post-acute care facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.


Out-of-State Waivers

Several health care related professional boards have temporarily eased requirements, allowing out-of-state licensees to become licensed to practice in New Jersey to assist during the COVID-19 health crisis. For more information about the temporary emergency licensure application. For additional information, click here.

Please view this link for further information: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562020/20200330c.shtml


Guidance for Outpatient Providers Evaluating Patients for Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The guidance offered below is intended to provide health care professionals --- physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and others – with advice to safely care for patients with COVID-19 concerns in an outpatient office setting exercising their best clinical judgments.

To the extent that health care professionals practicing in the outpatient setting have the requisite skill and appropriate equipment to perform an evaluation, they should continue to provide ongoing care to their patients. It is essential that practitioners are mindful of the critical need to avoid overwhelming the health care system by recommending inappropriate referrals or testing.

As gatekeepers to the health care system, cooperation from office based health care professionals is essential to minimize risks that patients and health care workers – professionals and office staff alike – may be exposed to COVID-19, by encouraging triaging of patients prior to scheduling office visits, and by maximizing the delivery of health care services through alternative methods, including telephone-based consultations, telemedicine, telehealth and triage.

Guidance for Providers for Patients Regarding COVID-19


Information for Healthcare Professional Licensees
Licenses of healthcare professionals that expire in March and April will be extended effective immediately. Notices will be sent to impacted licensees informing them of the extension and extended renewal period. The Division of Consumer Affairs is providing 90-day extensions for all professional licenses requiring renewal/resubmission during the February renewal period, with no late fee assessed. Those licenses include Dentist; Dentist branch; Podiatrist; Podiatrist branch, Respiratory Care Practitioner, and Certified Nurse Midwife. Similarly, the following Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) licenses are being extended by 60 days: Analytical Lab; Clinic Narcotic Treatment Center; Dog Handler/Trainer; Animal Shelter; Manufacturer; Wholesale Distributor, and Research Facility.


Communication with Healthcare Professionals 
From the beginning stages of the COVID-19 outbreak the healthcare-related Professional Boards have been in communication with licensees, answering questions, and providing information and guidance to comply with DOH and CDC guidelines.


Latest Information from the NJ Department of Health on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), as it Relates to Healthcare Professionals.
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Last Modified: 5/1/2020 10:01 AM