N.J.S.A 45:1-29 Criminal history record background check required for licensure of health care professional.

45:1-29 Criminal history record background check required for licensure of health care professional.

2. a. A professional and occupational licensing board within the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety or the director who regulates the practice of a health care professional, as applicable, shall not issue an initial license or other authorization to practice a health care profession that is regulated by that board or the director to any applicant therefor unless the board or director, as applicable, first determines, consistent with section 8 of P.L.1978, C. 73 (45:1-21 Refusal to license or renew, groundS.), that no criminal history record information exists on file in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division, or in the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police, which may disqualify the applicant from being licensed or otherwise authorized to practice as a health care professional.

b. A board or the director, as applicable, shall not renew or, if renewed, shall revoke a license or other authorization to practice a health care profession that is regulated by that board or the director of any applicant therefor unless the board or director determines, consistent with section 8 of P.L.1978, C. 73 (45:1-21 Refusal to license or renew, groundS.), that no criminal history record information exists on file in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Identification Division, or in the State Bureau of Identification in the Division of State Police, which may provide grounds for the refusal to renew the license or other authorization to practice as a health care professional.

The director shall establish, by regulation, a schedule of dates by which the requirements of this subsection shall be implemented, so that all licensees will have been required to submit to a criminal history record background check beginning no later than four years after the effective date of Phamplet Law 2005, Chapter 83 (45:1-33 Short title. et al.).

The director may, in an emergent circumstance, temporarily waive the requirement to undergo a criminal history record background check as a condition of renewal of a license or other authorization to practice a health care profession.

L.2002,C. 104,S.2; amended 2005, C. 83, S.5.

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