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State Board of Medical Examiners

Inquiries about the Board may be forwarded to

Terri Goldberg
Acting Executive Director
Board of Medical Examiners

P.O. Box 183
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
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ATTENTION

The  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced Practice Guidelines which authorized physicians to utilize an exemption from certain certification requirements under the Controlled Substances Act to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.  The Practice Guidelines were sent to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) on January 12, 2021, but were not yet published.  It has been reported that the Biden Administration has delayed the implementation of the Practice Guidelines setting forth that exemption, as a regulatory freeze has been implemented with respect to rules that have been sent to the OFR but not published, requiring that they be withdrawn for review [and approval]. This means that physicians who wish to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder must continue to adhere to the full DATA 2000 waiver requirements. HHS is expected to announce this reversal.



COVID-19 Immunization Administration by Health Care Practitioners-in-Training

On February 19, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-08 and Waiver 2021-04, which permits health care practitioners-in-training, which are students in medical schools, physician assistant programs, and nursing programs, to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to patients upon direction from a supervising health care practitioner.  The Order and Waiver defines a “supervising health care practitioner” as a doctor of medicine (M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), a registered professional nurse (R.P.N.), an advanced practice nurse (A.P.N.), a physician assistant (P.A.), or a pharmacist (R.Ph.).  The Order and Wavier requires a supervising health care practitioner to ensure that the health care practitioner-in-training has an attestation from a faculty member that attests that the health care practitioner-in-training is enrolled in an educational program, has completed the appropriate level of didactic education, and will have oversight while participating in a COVID-19 vaccinator program. The supervising health care practitioner also must ensure that the health care practitioner-in-training has completed CDC training in vaccination and is competent to administer a COVID-19 vaccine.

Doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathic medicine should read and familiarize themselves with the provisions of this order.



COVID-19 Immunization Administration by Additional Health Care Practitioners

On February 19, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-07 and Waiver 2021-03, which permits authorized health care personnel to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to patients upon direction from a supervising health care practitioner.  The Order and Waiver defines “authorized health care personnel” as “licensed practical nurses, certified homemaker home health aides, dentists, respiratory care therapists, perfusionists, podiatrists, optometrists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and dental hygienists with local anesthesia permits.”  A “supervising health care practitioner” is defined as “a doctor of medicine (M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), a registered professional nurse (R.P.N.), an advanced practice nurse (A.P.N.), a physician assistant (P.A.), or a pharmacist (R.Ph.).” The Order and Wavier requires a supervising health care practitioner to determine if authorized health care personnel are licensed in New Jersey and have been trained and are competent to administer a COVID-19 vaccine prior to directing authorized health care personnel to administer the vaccine. 

Doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, and doctors of podiatric medicine should read and familiarize themselves with the provisions of this order.



COVID-19 Immunization Administration by Certified Medical Assistants

On February 19, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-06 and Waiver 2021-02, which permits a certified medical assistant to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to patients upon direction from a supervising health care practitioner.  The Order and Waiver defines a “supervising health care practitioner” as a doctor of medicine (M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), a registered professional nurse (R.P.N.), an advanced practice nurse (A.P.N.), a physician assistant (P.A.), or a pharmacist (R.Ph.).  The Order and Waiver waives provisions of N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.4 that limit CMAs to administering injections solely in physicians’ offices, mandate physicians to make determinations as to appropriateness of treatment, and prohibit CMAs from administering vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization but have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The Order and Wavier requires a supervising health care practitioner to determine if a CMA is competent to administer a COVID-19 vaccine and to ensure that the CMA receives proper supervision when administering the vaccine. 

Doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathic medicine should read and familiarize themselves with the provisions of this order.


Registering with and Reporting to the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS)

On January 5, 2021, the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-04, which requires licensed health care providers who are authorized to administer vaccines to register and report to the NJIIS when administering a vaccine for COVID-19. Licensed physicians should read and familiarize themselves with the requirements of this order.



​Licensee COVID-19 Information and Resources

On March 9, 2020, through Executive Order No. 103 (EO 103), Governor Murphy declared both a public health emergency (PHE) and a state of emergency (SOE) in response to COVID-19. During the PHE and SOE the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Governor Murphy, and other agencies have issued orders, waivers, and guidance documents related to COVID-19. Links to COVID-19 information and resources that may be useful to licensees of the State Board of Medical Examiners can be found here.




​Update Regarding the Temporary Emergency Foreign Physician Licensure Program

At this time, new applications are no longer being accepted, and pending applications are currently on hold as the Division’s temporary emergency licensure programs undergo review.  We thank all applicants for their willingness to serve in this difficult time, and understand that the current unavailability of additional licenses may be disappointing to those willing to assist New Jersey residents during this public health emergency.  

New Jersey’s Temporary Emergency Foreign Physician Licensure Program was the first of its kind in the country, and the Program has allowed a number of foreign-licensed physicians to put their skills to use in New Jersey’s fight against COVID-19. To administer this novel program, the Division of Consumer Affairs collaborated with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to determine whether applicants met specified criteria necessary for licensure. In many cases, unfortunately, applicants were unable to provide all of the information necessary to establish their eligibility, and the Division and ECFMG were unable to obtain the necessary information from abroad during the pandemic.

All submitted applications and materials are being kept on file should the Division resume the program at a later date. In the interim, any person who believes that they are eligible for a standard plenary license is encouraged to apply; additional information is available here.


New Jersey's Board of Medical Examiners is responsible for protecting the public's health and safety by determining qualifications of applicants for licensure, establishing standards for practice, and disciplining licensees who do not adhere to those requirements. In addition to physicians and podiatrists, the Board licenses and certifies certain other health care professionals. 

On this site you will find important information for consumers, licensees, applicants, hospitals, managed care entities and other institutions.  You can learn more about the Medical Board and its activities, read summaries of Board actions, search for licensees by name or profession, get answers to frequently asked questions and more.

  • Consumers can search for a physician or learn more about their current doctor by clicking onto the New Jersey Health Care Profile link. They may file a complaint, if necessary, about a physician or podiatrist or contact a member of the Medical Board's staff to check on the status of a complaint filed previously.
  • Doctors and those in the process of becoming doctors can access online applications and renewal forms and learn more about our programs, their responsibilities, and the related activities of other agencies and organizations.
  • Hospitals, managed care entities and other institutions can find access to verification services.
To keep the public informed of the Board's activities, this site will be updated regularly and will post agendas, minutes, rule proposals, and licensee status.

Our goal is to ensure that the public and our licensees have access to services and information vital to the continued delivery of health care in New Jersey. We encourage you to use the site often, and we welcome your feedback. ​


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Last Modified: 2/24/2021 9:57 AM