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Michigan's Acupuncturist Registration Law, Historical Perspective and Recent Developments
A Statement from the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association

In 2006 Governor Granholm signed the TCM acupuncturist registration bill, SB351, and Public Act 30 of 2006 was officially recognized by the Michigan Secretary of State's office on February 28, 2006. Public Act 30 of 2006 amended the Michigan Public Health Code to provide for the registration of TCM acupuncturists. The law took effect on July 1, 2006.

Registration is one of three levels of state regulation. Registration is the lowest level of state regulation of a profession with state certification and licensure constituting higher levels of official state regulation ....   Read More

Acupuncturist Registration in Michigan - Support for Deregulation of Acupuncturists in Michigan

The American Manual Medicine Association (AMMA) and the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association (MMAA) support the recommendation of the Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) to deregulate the occupation of acupuncturists.

The AMMA is a Michigan based national trade association that provides post graduate education and national board certification for acupuncture professionals. The AMMA represents over 12,000 health care professionals nationwide. ....   Read More

Acupuncturist Registration in Michigan - The Registered Acupuncturist?  We Don't Recommend It!

R 338.13035 Delegation; supervision.
Rule 35. An acupuncturist shall practice under the delegation of an allopathic physician or osteopathic physician and surgeon in accordance with sections 16104, 16109, and 16215(3) of the code. History: 2011 MR 5, Eff. Mar. 10, 2011.

In previous communications with our membership we have clarified the following points:

  1. The Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association does not recommend state registration for its over 400 in state M.Ac., P.Ac., and D.Ac. members.
  2. Registration in Michigan is voluntary and is not required. Registration is only required for TCM/TAM acupuncturists using the protected titles and the word acupuncturist.
  3. The title acupuncturist frequently denotes a lay individual or person with a non-regionally accredited acupuncture degree.
  4. Acupuncture "ists" are individuals that practice shamanism, new age fringe, and pseudoscience.
  5. Acupuncturists largely graduate from non-regionally accredited schools that lack academic standards ....   Read More

Acupuncturist Registration in Michigan  -  What Have We Accomplished?

The Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association (MMAA) is a state chapter of the American Manual Medicine Association (AMMA). The MMAA membership is comprised of licensed physicians and allied medical personnel who are trained in the application of manual medicine. The MMAA has adopted evidence based ....   Read More

Important Update on the Michigan Acupuncture Law and the Registration of Acupuncturists

As you know the Michigan Acupuncture registration law was passed in 2006. Almost two years later there is still not a clear path to registration for acupuncturists. Suffice it to say, there have been problems and issues related to the Board as pertains to developing the administrative rules for registration. ....   Read More

Important Update on the NBCA AMMA Practical Acupuncture Exam, April 2009

The practical acupuncture exam has been re-designed and formatted with the elimination of all but five historical questions pertaining to traditional oriental medicine. This means that the exam ....   Read More

Board of the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association Meeting, October 20th, 2009

The Board Members of the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association met on Friday, October 20th, 2009 to discuss current issues related to the Michigan acupuncture registration law. The MMAA board members were joined via conference call ....   Read More

MMAA Positions Statement:

Acupuncture needles are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as medical devices. The following guidelines apply to full body Practical Acupuncturists (PAc's) i and auricular therapy Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (ADS's) ii for the use of acupuncture needle devices, in the State of Michigan.  A physician may delegate .....   Read More

American Manual Medicine Association Forms New State Chapter in Illinois

The American Manual Medicine Association (AMMA), a non profit 501c3 corporation, has just formed the new Illinois Medical Acupuncture Association (IMAA).  The IMAA is an administrative affiliate of the AMMA and a separate corporation, as are all state chapters...   Read More

MMAA and the Michigan Oriental Healing Arts Institute (MOHAI) adopt the Blue Heron Academy as a member training center.

The Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association (MMAA) announced today that member school the Blue Heron Academy has been established as an educational training site for the Michigan Oriental Healing Arts Institute (MOHAI), a division of the MMAA. The Institute helps to organize and sponsors educational programs in oriental medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine and tuina...   Read More

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