Arizona Revised Statute 32-3208 became effective on September 18, 2003. The statute affects the health professional regulatory boards and requires licensees and applicants for licensure to report criminal charges to the board, in writing, within ten days from when the charge(s) are filed. Specifically, a licensee or applicant must report any misdemeanor charges that "may affect patient safety" and all felony charges.
To report criminal charges to the Arizona State Board of Nursing, go to our Complaints Portal.
House Bill 2545 – Effective August 9, 2010. This bill amended A.R.S. §32-3214 with regard to information posted on the website of a healthcare regulatory board. The Statute reads:
32-3214. Board actions; records; website; compliance deadline
- If a health profession regulatory board dismisses a complaint, the record of that complaint is available to that regulatory board and the public pursuant to section 39-121 but may not appear on the board's website. For the purposes of this subsection, "dismisses a complaint" means that a board does not issue a disciplinary or nondisciplinary order or action against a licensee or certificate holder.
- If a health profession regulatory board issues a nondisciplinary order or action against a licensee or certificate holder, the record of the nondisciplinary order or action is available to that board and the public pursuant to section 39-121, but may not appear on the board's website, except that a practice limitation or restriction, and documentation relating to that action, may appear on the board's website.
- If a health profession regulatory board maintains a website, the board must display on its website a statement that a person may obtain additional public records related to any licensee or certificate holder, including dismissed complaints and nondisciplinary actions and orders, by contacting the board directly.
- This section does not prohibit a health profession regulatory board from conducting its authorized duties in a public meeting.
- Subsections A and B of this section do not apply to meeting minutes and notices kept by the board in accordance with the public meeting requirements of title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1.
- A health profession regulatory board must comply with the requirements of this section on or before January 1, 2012.