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MEDICAL BOARD (OF CALIFORNIA)

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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:


Physician assistants, Registered dispensing opticians, Research psychoanalysts, Medical assistants, licensed midwives, Contact lens and Spectacle lense dispensers, Out of State Opticians, and Special faculty permits. 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
www.medbd.ca.gov


Midwifery Licensing Program
(916) 263-2393
(916) 263-2387 Fax
www.mbc.ca.gov


Physician Assistant Committee
(916) 263-2670
(916) 263-2671 Fax
www.pac.ca.gov


California Board of Psychology
(916) 263-2699
(916) 263-2697 Fax
www.psychboard.ca.gov/


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




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