Practice Guidelines

Disclaimer: Practice guidelines provide licensees with general guidance to promote good practice. Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and what may constitute professional misconduct.

Use of the Word "Pharmacy" or "Pharmacist"

Licensed acupuncturists should be aware that pursuant to Education Law Section 6811(6), it is a class A misdemeanor for any person to transact business or refer to the name of a business as a "pharmacy" or "apothecary" unless the place of business is a pharmacy licensed by the New York State Education Department.

Although the scope of practice of acupuncture, as set forth in Education Law Section 8211(1)(a), was amended, in 2016, to include the recommendation of dietary supplements and natural products, the use of the term "pharmacy," "pharmacists," or "apothecary" in relation to the practice of acupuncture is prohibited by Education Law Section 6811(6).

Last Updated: April 15, 2021