As of February 18, 2021
PAUSE IN THE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY OUT-OF-STATE PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN CATEGORIES
notice is to advise that, effective March 1, 2021,
the Division is suspending new applications for the Temporary Emergency
Reciprocity Program for all health care professions regulated by the following
boards and committees:
- Acupuncture Examining Board
- Athletic Training Advisory Committee
- Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee
- State Board of Dentistry
- Genetic Counseling Advisory Committee
- Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee
- State Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispensers and Ophthalmic Technicians
- State Board of Optometrists
- State Board of Polysomnography
March 1, 2021, no new applications for Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licenses
will be accepted from, and no new temporary reciprocity licenses will be issued
to, any out-of-state individuals seeking to practice health care professions
regulated by any of the above boards and committees. All individuals holding previously granted
temporary reciprocity licenses for license categories regulated by the above
boards and committees (to include any licenses which may be granted before the
close of business on February 28, 2021) will remain valid through June 30,
2021, provided the Public Health Emergency remains in place.
notice does not impact the continuation of the Program for all other previously
eligible licensee categories. New applications will continue to be
accepted and processed from eligible categories of health care practitioners;
however, regardless of the date of issuance, all emergency reciprocity licenses
will expire on June 30, 2021, provided the Public Health
Emergency remains in place.
All individuals holding
emergency reciprocity licenses that will expire on June 30, 2021
are urged to carefully review the Notice the Division posted on January
26, 2021 addressing the need to apply for a plenary license for any
temporary licensee who anticipates any need to provide health care services to New
Jersey residents after June 30, 2021.
To apply for a plenary New Jersey
license, visit https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Pages/onlinelicenses.aspx.
As of January 19, 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL INDIVIDUALS HOLDING TEMPORARY EMERGENCY RECIPROCITY LICENSES REGARDING MODIFICATION OF TERMS OF PROGRAM: EXTENSION OF EXPIRATION DATE OF ALL LICENSES THROUGH JUNE 30, 2021
This notice is to advise you that the Division of Consumer Affairs is modifying the previously announced terms of the Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licensure Program for out-of-state licensed health care practitioners. Specifically, all licenses that have previously been issued – all of which are currently scheduled to expire on February 28, 2021 -- will have their expiration date extended through June 30, 2021, provided that the Public Health Emergency remains in place. Any new licenses that may hereafter be issued will similarly be valid only through June 30, 2021, provided that the Public Health Emergency remains in place.
If you presently hold a current temporary emergency reciprocity license, you do not need to make any written request, or take any other action, in order to obtain the extension of your license through June 30, 2021, as the extension will be automatically applied to all current licenses, provided that the Public Health Emergency remains in place.
The Division urges all health care providers presently holding temporary emergency reciprocity licenses, who anticipate any need to continue to provide health care services to New Jersey patients after June 30, 2021
(i.e., any services for which a New Jersey issued license would ordinarily be required), to immediately apply for a plenary New Jersey license. License applications can take significant time to process. Emergency reciprocity licenses will not become plenary licenses, or result in any modified application process for receiving a plenary license; you must apply for a plenary New Jersey License through the regular process to continue practicing in New Jersey after June 30, 2021.
If you allow your temporary emergency reciprocity license to expire as of June 30, 2021, you will thereafter not be able to continue to provide any health care services for which a plenary New Jersey license would otherwise be required. You are reminded that, in such event, you have a professional obligation and responsibility to ensure that you make appropriate arrangements for the transfer of care of all impacted patients.
In response to the on-going COVID-19 state of emergency, the State of New Jersey has waived certain regulatory provisions regarding licensure of health care practitioners through reciprocity. These waivers will allow health care providers licensed in other states to obtain New Jersey temporary licensure and provide services to New Jersey patients either through telemedicine, pursuant to
P.L. 2017, c. 117, or in-person.
The following boards have temporarily waived criminal history background check and fee for licensure requirements, among other requirements:
Acupuncture Examining Board
Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee
(licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors)
Athletic Training Advisory Committee
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee
New Jersey State Board of Dentistry
Genetic Counseling Advisory Committee
Hearing Aid Dispensers Examining Committee
State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
(licensed marriage and family therapists)
State Board of Medical Examiners
New Jersey Board of Nursing
(APN, RN, LPN, HHA)
Occupational Therapy Advisory Council
(licensed occupational therapists)
State Board of Examiners of Ophthalmic Dispensers and Ophthalmic Technicians
New Jersey State Board of Optometrists
Perfusionists Advisory Committee
Board of Pharmacy
State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
(licensed physical therapists)
Physician Assistant Advisory Committee
State Board of Polysomnography
(licensed polymsonographic technologists)
Professional Counselor Examiners Committee
(licensed professional counselors)
Certified Psychoanalysts Advisory Committee
State Board of Psychological Examiners
State Board of Respiratory Care
State Board of Social Work Examiners
New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance Registration Waiver for Out-of-state Practitioners
As detailed in DCA Administrative Order No. 2020-02 issued by the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, the requirement for out-of-state practitioners to obtain a New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Registration is waived provided the prescriber:
1) has been granted a temporary emergency license by reciprocity under the Division’s expedited process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
2) has the authority to prescribe medications, including controlled dangerous substances, in the individual’s home state;
3) has a valid, unrestricted Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration in good standing in the individual’s home state; and
4) prescribes CDS consistent with the scope of practice for the applicable health care profession under New Jersey law and regulations.
All individuals who have been granted a temporary emergency license by reciprocity, meet the requirement for the NJ CDS registration waiver, and wish to prescribe CDS to patients in NJ must register to access the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP).
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Please be advised that this temporary license is only valid for practitioners who are licensed in the United States.
Your application will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours.
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