Here’s the Qi-Unity newsletter with the story of the Delaware Acupuncture Law, containing this critical bit
— “AAAOM alternate public member Michael Taromina, a lawyer with the NY acupuncture group as well as the NCCAOM Ethics Council, was kind enough to advise us that having the OM requirement, along with including herbs in our scope, would have many benefits over having a 2-tiered system including:
- giving us the best security from the FDA regarding herbs;
- taking away current obstacles for acupuncturists working in hospital or clinical settings;
- helping with malpractice coverage for herbology practice; and
- protecting from future domain infringement from other professions.”
In reality —
- The AAAOM should fight for access for all trained acupuncturists. The NCCAOM is interested in requiring more exams. There is a clear conflict of interest.
- Adding the OM requirement has no impact on FDA regulation of herbs. The FDA does not regulate professions. The damage done by herbs is primarily due to non-LAcs having access — something that this bill expressly allows.
- How does the OM requirement impact LAcs working in hospital or clinical settings? Are any DE LAcs currently working in these settings?
- There isn’t an issue with malpractice insurance unless the state scope specifically excludes herbs.
- The OM requirement does nothing to protect the profession from domain infringement. Non-LAcs in DE are expressly allowed to recommend herbs in this legislation.
The majority of LAcs in the U.S. do not have the OM credential. The lawyer has ties to the professional organization (the AAAOM). His position restricts professional opportunity for LAcs but profits the NCCAOM. His arguments do not hold up to scrutiny. And we pay the price.