Department of State

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs

Due process hearings for 26 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions: These matters include license disciplinary actions, appeals from provisional denials of licensure applications, and hearings on applications for reinstatement following licensure suspensions and revocations. Licensure disciplinary actions are taken pursuant to the following statutes:
  • 63 P.S. § 9.1 et seq. - The CPA Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 34.1 et seq. -The Architects Licensure Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 42.1 et seq. - The Podiatry Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 120 et seq. - The Dental Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 148 et seq. - The Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 211 et seq. - The Professional Nursing Law
  • 63 P.S. § 244.1 et seq. - The Optometric Practice and Licensure Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 271.1 et seq. - The Osteopathic Medical Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 390.1 et seq. - The Pharmacy Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 422.1 et seq. - The Medical Practice Act of 1985.
  • 63 P.S. § 455.101 et seq. - The Real Estate Licensure and Registration Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 457.1 et seq. - The Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 479.1 et seq. - The Funeral Director Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 485.1 et seq. - The Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 507 et seq. - The Beauty Culture Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 551 et seq. - The Barber Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 625.101 et seq. - The Chiropractic Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 651 et seq. - The Practical Nurse Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 734.1 et seq. - The Auctioneer and Auction Licensing Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 818.1 et seq. - The Board of Vehicles Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 901 et seq. - The Landscape Architects' Registration Law.
  • 63 P.S. § 1101 et seq. - The Nursing Home Administrators License Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 1201.1 et seq. - The Professional Psychologists Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 1301 et seq. - The Physical Therapy Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 1501 et seq. - The Occupational Therapy Practice Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 1701 et seq. - The Speech-Language and Hearing Licensure Act
  • 63 P.S. § 1801 et seq. - The Acupuncture Registration Act.
  • 63 P.S. § 1901 et seq. - The Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act.
Hearings and appeals are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.), and the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure (1 Pa. Code § 31.1 et seq.).. Hearings are generally held in Harrisburg with some hearings held in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Scranton areas.
  • 63 P.S. § 2201 et seq. - "Act 48." The Department conducts a high number of hearings on behalf of the State Board of Cosmetology. These hearings are license disciplinary actions involving cosmetologists and manicurists, pursuant to 63 P.S. § 507 et seq., the Beauty Culture Law, and 63 P.S. § 2205, "Act 48." Hearings and appeals are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.), and the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure (1 Pa. Code § 31.1 et seq.). Formal hearings are generally held in Harrisburg with some hearings held in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Scranton areas. All Act 48 citation hearings are held in Harrisburg
     
  • Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
     
    Due process hearings in actions related to the revocation and suspension of notaries public, pursuant to 57 P.S. § 147 et seq., the Notary Public Law of 1953. Hearings and appeals are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.), and the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure (1 Pa. Code § 31.1 et seq.). Hearings are generally held in Harrisburg with some hearings held in the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Scranton areas.
     
  • Bureau of Charitable Organizations
     
    Due process hearings related to the revocation and suspension of registered charitable organizations and professional solicitors, and the imposition of civil penalties, Pursuant to 10 P.S. § 162.1 et seq., the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act. Hearings and appeals are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.), and the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure (1 Pa. Code § 31.1 et seq.). Hearings are generally held in Harrisburg.
     
  • Corporations Bureau
     
    Actions seeking the cancellation of trademarks pursuant to 54 Pa.C.S. § 1101 et seq., the Pennsylvania Trademark Act, and actions to strike fraudulent finance statements under 18 Pa.C.S. § 4911, the Uniform Commercial Code. Hearings and appeals are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.), and the General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure (1 Pa. Code § 31.1 et seq.). Hearings are generally held in Harrisburg.

Glossary of Common Phrases, Terms, and Acronyms

  • BPOA - Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
  • OSC - order to show cause.
  • AOSC - amended order to show cause.
  • A&O -adjudication and order.
  • PA&O - proposed adjudication and order.
  • MDFA - motion to deem facts admitted.
  • PHMP - Professional Health Monitoring Programs.
  • VRP - Voluntary Recovery Program.
  • DMU - Disciplinary Monitoring Unit.
  • BEI - Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation.

Agency Contact

Kelly L Diller, Prothonotary
Department of State
Penn Center Harrisburg
2601 North Third Street
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17108-2649
Telephone: 717-7722686
Fax: 717-772-1892
 
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