HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of State took disciplinary actions against 156 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations from December 2009 through January 2010, Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes announced today.
A comprehensive list of sanctions imposed by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs' 29 professional-licensing boards, the Bureau of Charitable Organizations and the Division of Legislation and Notaries of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation is available online at www.dos.state.pa.us.
New and archived disciplinary actions can be accessed by clicking on "Professional Licensure" under the "Areas of Interest," then selecting "Disciplinary Actions" from the left-hand side of the Bureau of Professional and Occupation Affairs page.
Each entry includes the name of the respondent, the license number (if any), the respondent's last known business address registered with the department, the sanction imposed, a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure and the effective date.
Anyone who suspects unlicensed activity by an individual or facility, or who has been a victim of unethical treatment, can file a complaint either online or by telephone at 1-800-822-2113.
The bureau's 29 boards and commissions license more than 780,000 active professionals and businesses. They oversee a range of occupations in health and business-related fields, including auctioneers, barbers, chiropractors, engineers, funeral directors, nurses, nursing home administrators, optometrists, pharmacists, physicians and many others. The bureau provides resources and guidelines to its licensees to encourage high-quality services to the public.
If any professional holding a Pennsylvania license is found by a board or commission to have violated either state law or that board's regulations, the board or commission can impose disciplinary action against that licensee. Disciplinary actions may include civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of a license.
Find important information for each of the 29 boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, including the current board or commission newsletter and regulations governing each board's licensees, at www.dos.state.pa.us or by calling 717-265-7764.
Media contact: Leslie Amoros or Charlie Young, 717-783-1621
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State