U.S. States and Territories Modifying Licensure Requirements for Physicians in Response to COVID-19
• The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission have adopted emergency administrative rules and procedures allowing for the emergency licensing of qualified medical personnel. These measures will allow physicians and physician assistants who possess full and unrestricted medical licenses from appropriate medical licensing agencies to apply for and receive temporary emergency licenses to practice in Alabama for the duration of the declared COVID-19 health emergency.
• Re: State of Emergency extension - Gov. Kay Ivey on May 8 extended the formal “public health emergency” for 60 days, beginning May 13.
• Re: renewals - The Board and Commission recognize the difficulty licensees may have meeting the annual continuing medical education requirement in 2020 due to the public health emergency. Consequently, all licensees (MD/DO/PA/AA) are exempt for 2020 from the annual requirement to earn 25 credits for license renewal, and no compliance audit for these 2020 credits will be conducted. Credits earned in 2020 may not be “rolled over” to 2021 to meet the 2022 license renewal requirement.
• Status – Active until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.