MANDATORY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PENNSYLVANIA PROFESSIONAL LICENSEES
Act 6 of 2018, 63 P.S. 2201.1(a), imposes mandatory reporting requirements on any person holding a license, registration, certificate or permit with a licensing board or commission under the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
Actions To Be Reported Within Thirty (30) DaysEvery individual holding a Pennsylvania professional or occupational license must report the following actions within thirty (30) days:
(1) A disciplinary action taken against the licensee by a licensing agency of another jurisdiction.
(2) A finding or verdict of guilt, an admission of guilt, a plea of nolo contendere, probation without verdict, a disposition in lieu of trial or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition of any felony or misdemeanor offense.
Where To ReportA licensee must report a disciplinary action or criminal disposition via the Pennsylvania Online Licensing System (PALS): https://www.pals.pa.gov.
Additional Reporting RequirementsLicensees should remember that in addition to Act 6 their practice act or other legislation may impose additional reporting requirements. For example, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction in Error (Mcare) Act requires physicians to report, in writing within sixty (60) days, notice of any complaint in a medical professional liability action filed against them. Additionally, the Mcare Act still require a physician to report, in writing within 60 days, his or her *arrest* related to any of the following criminal offenses regardless of whether it occurred in Pennsylvania: criminal homicide, aggravated assault, sexual offenses, or a violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act (the Drug Act).