Florida Boards

  • Medicine

  • Nursing

  • Dentistry

  • Pharmacy

  • Optometry

  • Massage Therapy

  • Psychology

  • Chiropractic Medicine

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Osteopathic Medicine

  • Physical Therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Athletic Training

  • Clinical Laboratory Personnel

  • Hearing Aid Specialist

  • Mental Health Professions

  • Nursing Home Administrators

  • Opticianry

  • Orthotists & Prosthetists

  • Podiatric Medicine

  • Respiratory Care

  • Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology


Dietetics and Nutrition Practice | Electrolysis | Licensed Midwifery | Physician Assistants


Certified Master Social Workers | Pain Management Clinics | Dental Laboratories | Paramedics | Emergency Medical Technicians | Radiologic Technicians | Medical Physicists | School Psychologists | Office Surgery Registration | Genetic Counseling

Health care practitioner boards


Board Roles

Chair: The Chair’s role is to work closely with the Executive Director and staff to set meeting agendas. The Chair also works with the Executive Director during the legislative session to review bills as well as to grant or deny requests for continuance from Respondent’s required to appear at hearings. In addition, the Chair attends meetings, including the Annual Chair’s Meeting, association meetings and regularly scheduled Board/Committee meetings. At the beginning of each year, the Chair will appoint members to the various committees.

Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair’s role is to substitute for the Chair when the Chair is not in attendance or is recused from a disciplinary hearing due to participation on the probable cause panel. The duties of the Vice-Chair include anything that may be of assistance to the Chair in fulfilling his/her responsibilities.

Board Members: Members are required to vote on all issues, unless recused because of a possible conflict of interest. A board member who sits on the probable cause panel may have already heard some evidence in disciplinary cases, and therefore, that member is automatically recused from voting on the case when it appears before the full board. Board members review hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pages of records prior to a typical board meeting.

Since the Board serves as a “quasi-judicial” entity on licensure issues, contact with members may cause the members to be recused from administrative proceedings. Direct correspondence or inquiries to board staff. Staff will direct inquiries to the full board for review when appropriate.

Executive Director: The role of the executive director is to act as liaison between the Department and the board. Duties of an executive director are to execute and carry out decisions made at board meetings, implement rules into policy and procedure, advise the board on budget matters, submit legislation from the board to the Department’s legislative package. The executive director serves as the official custodian of records and may be required to certify documents and testify in hearings.

This person is responsible for the over-all functioning of the board office. The office staff prepares the agenda in concert with counsel and prosecuting attorneys, organize and schedule the meetings, publish notices, provide public copies of documents and maintain records of the proceedings. The staff also processes applications for licensure or examination, monitors statistics for annual reports and prepares various reports as requested. Other board administrative or support staff may be present during a meeting.

Board Counsel: An Assistant Attorney General serves as legal counsel to the board. Counsel responds to requests from the Chair to clarify requirements in Florida laws and rules which may affect board decisions. Counsel prepares draft documents for board review, including proposed rules. Counsel informs board members of possible legal issues or implications of various courses of action being contemplated. Counsel prepares final orders and other documents to be filed and sent to respondents.

Committees, Liaisons and Coordinators: The Boards may have certain members who serve on Board committees or advise the Boards and/or Department on specific issues.


The Board


  • Is a governmental regulatory body responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public.
  • Enforces the laws regarding professional practice.
  • Cannot independently change Florida Statutes. Only the Legislature can make changes to statute.
  • Adopts rules and policies that establish minimum regulatory standards for safe practice and clarify parts of the Practice Act.
  • Regulates the scope of the profession as defined in the Practice Act.
  • Takes disciplinary action against a license in response to violations of the Practice Act and associated rules.
  • Does not regulate conditions of employment.
  • Does not take any disciplinary action without an investigation of all facts involved. Licensees charged by the Department of Health are entitled to a hearing. Licensees may hire an attorney to represent them.
  • Is not a membership organization for professionals. Such organizations are responsible for protecting the profession
  • Does not make or change regulations in secret. It is a public process that includes public meetings and testimony by the public.
  • Since the Board serves as a “quasi judicial” entity on licensure issues, contact with the members may cause the members to be recused from administrative proceedings. Staff will direct inquiries, when appropriate, to the full board for review.




A board meeting is a quasi-judicial proceeding in which the board members hear and make decisions on cases relating to the profession of that board. These decisions result in legally binding orders drafted by the board’s counsel. The decorum of meetings is held to the same standard and the Chair or Board Counsel will include remarks at the meeting introduction for the audience to conduct themselves accordingly.
The board represents the Department and serves their role to protect the people of Florida. Presentation by board members will set a precedent for the audience and public to follow. Members are asked to dress accordingly.


Meeting Procedure

Members should arrive to the meeting location 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. This allows time for setup and to become familiar with the meeting room.

At the start of the meeting, the Chair will discuss key points and make introductions.

  • Call to order
  • Roll call
  • Pledge to the allegiance of the flag (optional)
  • Introduction of any special guests
  • Instructions to those appearing
  • Reminders to those in attendance
  • Announcement for breaks or lunch

Following this, the board will begin to hear agenda items and following discussion, make motions on the applications/cases. Application types will vary per board and/or profession but disciplinary motions are consistent across the Department.

The Chair will decide when and if breaks or lunch are needed. Once all items on the agenda are heard, the Chair will call for a motion to adjourn.

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