Board of Medicine

Iowa Code, Rules, Policy

Iowa Code

The Iowa Code chapters related to the Iowa Board of Medicine are as follows. They are maintained on the Iowa Legislature website.

17A - Iowa Administrative Procedures Act
21-Open Meetings Laws
22-Public Records Laws
147-Health Related Professions Laws
147B - Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
148-Medicine and Surgery Laws
148E-Acupuncture Laws
272C-Continuing Education and Regulations Laws

Board of Medicine Administrative Code

The Administrative Code related to the Iowa Board of Medicine is 653.  Select the link “Iowa Administrative Code Current and Archive” and scroll down to Medicine Board [653].

Regulatory Plan for FY 2018

The Board of Medicine annually (by August 1) submits to the Governor’s Office and the Administrative Rules Review Committee a plan listing each potential rule that the agency may issue in proposed or final form in the current fiscal year or thereafter. Click here to view the FY 2018 regulatory plan.

5-Year Review of Rules (FY2012-FY2017)

Pursuant to Iowa Code 17A.7(2), the Board of Medicine presents this summary of its comprehensive and ongoing review of the Board’s administrative rules, found under Section 653 of the Iowa Administrative Code. This summary report, which was approved by the Board on July 21, 2017, captures all adopted amendments between January 1, 2012, and June 30, 2017, and identifies potential amendments by topic that may be initiated for adoption by the Board in FY2018 (July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018). Click here to view the report.

Noticed (Proposed) Rules

ARC 3258C - This rulemaking, initiated by the Board on July 21, 2017, would amend 653Chapter 8, “Fees,” to recognize the fees associated with licensure through the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact,  to add the fee for reinstatement of an acupuncture license, and to  update language throughout Chapter 8. A public hearing on ARC 3258C will be held at 10 a.m. September 5, 2017, at the Board’s office, 400 SW Eighth Street, Suite C, Des Moines, Iowa. Written comments will be received until 4:30 p.m. September 5, 2017. To read ARC 3258C, click HERE

Adopted & Filed

ARC 3264C - This rulemaking, initiated by the Board on April 28, 2017, amends 653Chapter 21, “Physician Supervision of a Physician Assistant,” to establish that a physician is ineligible to supervise a physician assistant if the physician does not have a written supervisory agreement in place with each physician assistant supervised by the physician. The rulemaking was published as ARC 3069C in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on May 24, 2017. The Board on July 21, 2017, voted to adopt and file the rulemaking. It will be published as ARC 3264C in the Bulletin on August 16, 2017, and will become effective September 20, 2017. To read ARC 3264C, click HERE

Policy Statements

Ear Stapling
Financial Interest: Conflict of Interest
Needle EMG
Observerships for Unlicensed Physicians
Revised Sleep Medicine

Treating Pain in Patients
Ultrasounds for Non-Medical Reasons


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