Injection Training Update_June 2022

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Hello All,

It has come to our attention that opportunities are being presented to Arizona licensed acupuncturists for injection training. Please know that AMAAZ has neither endorsed nor vetted any of these vendors or training options. The training requirements for Arizona have not been written or adopted by the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners; therefore, it is unknown what type of training is needed to fulfill requirements if you choose to perform injection therapy.

What does this mean to you? If you choose to move forward with injection training before the rules are written and adopted by the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners, you may have to take another course to comply with the laws and regulations.

It is important to remember that the State of Arizona now defines acupuncture as a system of medicine. Education standards will have to reflect a certain level of competency, accountability, and safety issues that will help elevate our medical system to its new legal status.

Below is the bill and rule-making process for Arizona SB 1080, passed in March 2022.

Bill Process:

Once a bill passes the legislature and has been signed by the governor, it will go into effect 90 days after the last day of the legislative session unless there is an emergency clause that SB 1080 does not have. The State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners must write the rest of the regulations for that bill to become effective, but they have until or before January 1, 2024. Likely, they will have a resolution before this date so it can take effect sooner for all interested Arizona licensed acupuncturists.

That said, the EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY section is the acupuncture assistant capable of removing needles. SB 1080 reads, “Until the acupuncture board of examiners adopts rules and approves training programs for acupuncture assistants, a licensed acupuncturist may supervise an unlicensed person who has completed a training program for acupuncture assistants that includes removing needles and assisting in basic health care duties in the practice of acupuncture.”

We have organized committees that reflect each adapted section of SB 1080 to recommend language to the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners for the rules and regulations, called “promulgating the rules.” The State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners will announce the open/public meetings for this law-making process. All other measures in SB 1080 are not effective until the board has adopted the rules.

The AMAAZ will send out an email regarding meeting dates for this law-making process to inform you of the dates. We encourage you to periodically check the State of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners website to verify and confirm the dates.

If you are interested in volunteering for the subcommittees to help SB 1080 move forward quickly, please let us know by emailing the Llyod Wright at VP@amaaz.org.

Membership dues help with legal expenses and continuing education opportunities for members. If you are not a current member, please consider joining or renewing today. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at Info@AMAAZ.org.

The AMAAZ is here to elevate our profession in Arizona. Join us today!

Sincerely,

Nadine P. Baldwin, AMAAZ President