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The Licensed Professions in New York State

In 1891, medicine became the first profession licensed by the New York State Board of Regents. New York's unique system of professional regulation, recognized as a model for public protection, has grown to encompass 800,000 practitioners and over 30,000 professional practice business entities in more than 50 professions.

Guided by the Regents, a citizen body, the professions are within New York State's unified system of education - The University of the State of New York. This recognizes the key role education plays in both preparing licensed professionals and in ensuring their continuous development.

The State Education Department, under Regents' direction, administers professional regulation through its Office of the Professions, assisted by the State Boards for the Professions.

Advisory Notices:

Pearson Data Breach

The Department has been made aware that an unauthorized third party placed malware on Pearson's Credential Manager (PCM) System, the platform that supports registration for Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) candidates. Once Pearson learned about this issue, they quickly took the Credential Manager System offline. Because the investigation is in process, the system will need to remain down until further notice.

Please note that they believe the data fields that may have been compromised are limited to names, postal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, user IDs, companies, and in some cases dates of birth. For EPPP candidates, social security numbers and credit card numbers are not collected in the PCM system.

A toll free number for exam candidates—(855) 270-9182 or 1-512-201-2203 for international users - has been established and is the best source for the most up to date information, and for assistance with any concerns or questions a candidate may have. ASPPB is unable to access any candidate information while the system is down. Therefore, we are unable to communicate with the candidates directly to advise of this situation.

For additional information see the Pearson web site at: home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Press-Room/2015/Public-Statement-Regarding-Pearson-Credential-Mana.aspx.

Attention Pharmacists and Prescribers

  • Mandatory Electronic Prescribing. Effective March 27, 2016, a new law will require nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, physicians, physician assistants and optometrists in New York State (“prescribers”) to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy, with limited exceptions...more
  • Changes have been made to the controlled substance schedules in Section 3306 of the New York State Public Health Law...more

Limited Licenses in Clinical Laboratory Technology and Certified Histological Technician

U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on Litigation Involving 13 Professions that Require U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Lawful Residence for Licensure

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Licensees and applicants should be wary if asked for personal and/or financial information that does not appear to be associated with a legitimate licensing or registration transaction, even if the person making the request suggests that he or she is working for the Office of the Professions. To verify the identity of a person who purports to represent the Office of the Professions, please call 518-474-3817, ext. 570.

Last Updated: December 9, 2015