HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of State has taken disciplinary actions against 186 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations since November, Secretary of the Commonwealth Basil L. Merenda announced today.
A comprehensive list of sanctions imposed by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available online at www.dos.state.pa.us; click on "Licensing" and then "Disciplinary Actions" from the left-hand side of the 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 through the bureau's hotline 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 bureau's 29 boards and commissions, including the current newsletters and regulations governing licensees, at www.dos.state.pa.us or by calling 717-265-7764.
Media contacts: Leslie Amoros or Larissa Bedrick, 717-783-1621
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State