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The California Department of Consumer Affairs, Medical Board of California, is responsible for the licensure and/or regulation of physicians and surgeons (MDs) and other closely related healing arts practitioners including the following:

Acupuncturists, audiologists, hearing aid dispensers, physical therapists, physician assistants, podiatrists, psychologists, respiratory care practitioners, speech-language pathologists, and registered dispensing opticians, research psychoanalysts, medical assistants, and licensed midwives. Osteopathic Physicians (DOs) are regulated by the Board of Osteopathic Examiners.

The Board's Central Complaint Unit processes complaints about any of these professions. It initiates investigations of complaints and, if necessary, submits cases to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.

Complaint jurisdiction:

  • Negligence, incompetence, misrepresentation, or unlicensed practice
  • Excessive prescribing or administering of drugs or treatment
  • Furnishing drugs to addicts
  • Prescribing dangerous drugs without a prior medical examination
  • Attending a patient while intoxicated
  • Being convicted or involved with narcotics or drug violations or other substantially related crimes
  • Mental illness
  • Sexual misconduct with a patient

Complaints outside jurisdiction:

  • Ethical matters
  • Fee disputes (societies)
  • Hospital or nursing home problems (DHS – 916-552-8700)
  • Osteopathic physicians and surgeons (DOs) and chiropractors at 916-263-5355

Department of Consumer Affairs
Medical Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2382 Licensing and Application
(916) 263-2944 Fax
(916) 263-2424 Complaints
(800) 633-2322 Toll-free line for Complaints Only

Acupuncture Board
(916) 445-3021

Midwifery Licensing Program
(916) 263-2393
(916) 263-2387 Fax

Physical Therapy Board
(916) 561-8200
(916) 263-2560 Fax

Physician Assistant Committee
(916) 263-2670
(916) 263-2671 Fax

Board of Podiatric Medicine
(916) 263-2647
(916) 263-2651 Fax

California Board of Psychology
(916) 263-2699
(916) 263-2697 Fax

Registered Dispensing Optician Program
(916) 263-2634
(916) 263-2487

Research Psychoanalyst Program
(916) 263-2380

Respiratory Care Board of California(RCB)
(916) 323-9983

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
(916) 263-2666
(916) 263-2668 Fax

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