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Position Statements

What are the position statements of the Board and to whom do they apply? The North Carolina Board of Podiatry’s Position Statements are non-binding interpretive statements that attempt to define or explain the meaning of existing laws or rules that govern the practice of podiatrists in North Carolina or acceptable podiatric medical practice standards in the United States. They also set forth criteria or guidelines used by the Board and/or its Grievance Committee in responding to inquiries or complaints. When considering the Board’s Position Statements, the following four points should be kept in mind.
  • In its Position Statements, the Board attempts to articulate some of the standards it believes applicable to the podiatric medical profession. However, a Position Statement should not be seen as the promulgation of a new standard as of the date of issuance or amendment. Some Position Statements are reminders of traditional, even millennia old, professional standards, or show how the Board might apply such standards today.
  • The Position Statements are not intended to be comprehensive or to set out exhaustively every standard that might apply in every circumstance. Therefore, the absence of a Position Statement or a Position Statement’s silence on certain matters should not be construed as the lack of an enforceable standard.
  • The existence of a Position Statement should not necessarily be taken as an indication of the Board’s enforcement priorities.
  • A lack of disciplinary actions to enforce a particular standard mentioned in a Position Statement should not be taken as an abandonment of the principles set forth therein.
The Board will continue to decide each case before it on all the facts and circumstances presented in a disciplinary case or hearing, whether or not the issues have been the subject of a Position Statement. The Board intends that the Position Statements will reflect its philosophy on certain subjects and give licensees some guidance for avoiding Board scrutiny. The principles of professionalism and performance expressed in the Position Statements apply to all persons licensed and/or approved by the Board to render podiatric medical care. *The word “podiatrist” as used in the Position Statements refer to persons who are DPMS licensed by the Board to practice podiatric medicine and surgery in North Carolina, pursuant to NCGS 90-202.2 through 90-202.14.
Medical Records
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Access to medical records 9/26/2010
Medical record documentation 9/26/2010 11/16/2010
Retention of medical records 9/26/2010 11/16/2010
Potential Ethical Issues
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Advertising and publicity 4/20/2010 11/13/2014
Medical Testimony 4/21/2010
Professional obligation to report incompetence, impairment and unethical conduct* 4/21/2010
Referral Fees and Fee Splitting 1/10/2012 11/13/2014
Sale of goods from podiatrist offices 4/21/2010 11/13/2014
Self-treatment and treatment of family members and others with whom significant emotional relationships exist 4/21/2010
Podiatrist Patient Relations
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Care of the patient undergoing surgical or other invasive procedure 1/14/2010
Guidelines for avoiding misunderstandings during physical examinations 1/14/2010
Sexual exploitation of patients 1/14/2010
The podiatrist-patient relationship 1/14/2010
Termination of/Re-Entrance to Practice
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Competence and re-entry to the active practice of medicine 9/26/2010
Departures or closings of medical practices 9/26/2010
The retired podiatrist 9/26/2010
Prescriptions and Controlled Substances
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Contact with patients before prescribing 2/22/2011
Policy for the use of controlled substances for the treatment of pain 2/22/2011 5/25/2016
Writing of Prescriptions 2/22/2011
Supervision of Medical Office/Health Care Employees
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Office-Based Procedures 5/4/2013 11/13/2014
Supervision of Medical Office/Health Care Employees 4/17/2011
Position Statement Adopted Modifed
Specialty Credentialing Privileges for Amputations, Ankle Surgery, and Club Foot Procedures 10/28/2013