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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Position Statement of the:
MICHIGAN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE ASSOCIATION
The following statement is adapted from a December 5, 2005, release by the Michigan Department of Community Health concerning the current regulations relative to the use of medical devices by health professionals in Michigan:
PHYSICIAN SUPERVISION OF DELEGATED PROCEDURES IN MICHIGAN
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 the use of acupuncture devices, such as the use of acupuncture needles, to a registered, licensed or unlicensed individual if the delegated individual works under the direction of or with physician supervision.
In this context, supervision as defined by the Michigan Public Health Code requires at least all of the following four criteria:
Physicians must adhere to these supervision requirements. As the delegated individual works under the authority of a license, the licensed physician is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the tasks and duties performed by the delegated individual.
i PAc requires 1000 hours of training with a minimum of 120 hours of acupuncture including: clean needle technique and public health