The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a new position allowing for the completion of the "BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination" by "state-licensed physicians."
FAA BasicMed Flight Physical
On July 15, 2016, Congress passed legislation to extend the FAA's funding. This legislation, FAA Extension, Safety, Security Act of 2016 (FESSA) includes relief from hold an FAA medical certificate for certain pilots. This relief is called BasicMed, and allows certain pilots to qualify for fitness under the BasicMed examination by a "state-licensed physician" in lieu of a third class flight physical by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
The FAA has further determined that the regulatory agencies may determine if the physicians regulated by their board are qualified under scope to provide the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination.
On November 30, 2017; the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners determined that chiropractors in Minnesota are qualified to provide the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination. This position is established and supported in multiple past legal opinions, [see Board website under Current Issues: Authority of Chiropractors to Perform Certain Physical Exams".] Any chiropractors performing the BasicMed Comprehensive Medical Examination must contact the FAA to obtain the forms and requirements prior to engaging in this service. More information is available on the Federation for Chiropractic Licensing Board's (FCLB) website.
Criminal Background Checks (CBC)
Minnesota law now requires that all applicants for initial licensure or license reinstatement must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check ( Minn. Stat. § 214.075
). Fingerprints are crosschecked with databases of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). For more information, visit the CBC page
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Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in all other United States territories and jurisdictions. Doctors of Chiropractic are also authorized to practice in most other countries of the world, and in some areas serve as the primary form of health care available to the citizens.
In spite of the myths that abound, the education of a doctor of chiropractic is very rigorous. A minimum of three years undergraduate education required for entry to chiropractic college. This education includes (among others) education in subjects such as chemistry (organic and inorganic,) physics, biology, anatomy and physiology. The student then enters a chiropractic college for a four year full time course leading to the doctoral degree. Colleges of Chiropractic must be accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (or an international equivalent) which is approved by the United States Department of Education.
Purpose of Regulation (Licensure)
As a function of regulation by licensure, the public can be assured that the doctor of chiropractic has met certain standards, that he/she continues to abide by certain laws and regulations, and that these laws and regulations have been specifically designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public from incompetence or substandard care.