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Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners
The Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners is a four-member board appointed by the Governor to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board is composed of three licensed, practicing podiatrists and one consumer member. They are responsible for the regulation of podiatrists in Georgia. The Board reviews applications, administers examinations, licenses qualified applicants and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. Complaints are investigated and, if warranted, disciplinary action may be taken by the Board. Board meetings are held approximately four times each year at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon and are open to the public. Persons wishing to bring matters for the Board’s consideration should submit a written request to the office. The practice of podiatry consists of the diagnosis, care and treatment of abnormalities of the human foot and leg. Licensed podiatrists are allowed to perform area specific surgery. As a learned science, licensure is considered after meeting specific podiatric education, residency and examination requirements.
The Consumer Information and Awareness Act (O.C.G.A. § 43-1-33) was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 12, 2015. The new statute requires that podiatrists and other licensed health care practitioners provide for certain identification, educational identifiers and signage in the workplace and in advertisements. It also identifies the penalties for intentional violation of the provisions of the law.To review the law and learn more about how this new law may affect your practice, select the following link: Consumer Information Awareness Act .
***ONLINE LICENSE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS***
The license renewal process for Podiatrists is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2015-2017 renewal cycle. In 2011, Georgia law was amended to require applicants for initial licensure or renewal to submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship/qualified alien status. Subsequently, the law was amended further to require applicants to submit an affidavit of citizenship in addition to the secure and verifiable documents. Licensees are required to have a current, unexpired secure and verifiable document and affidavit of citizenship on record with the Board. The Board worked diligently to make licensees aware of the new requirements and included information on the Board’s website, throughout the renewal site and through communication with the licensees.
Due to this additional requirement, all renewal applications may not be processed prior to August 31, 2015. If it can be verified that a licensee submitted a renewal application on or before August 31, 2015, the license will remain in “Active” or "Active-Renewal Pending" status with the 11/30/2015 expiration date while the required renewal documentation is processed. Should your license fall within this category, the license is not considered to be lapsed, inactive or invalid based on O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) which states the following:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation on or before November 30, 2015. Any documents received/postmarked after that date, to include any continuing education documents submitted in response to your selection for audit, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle. The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions for the renewal of license.