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§ 90‑270.26.  Powers ofthe Board.

The Board shall have thefollowing general powers and duties:

(1)        Examine anddetermine the qualifications and fitness of applicants for a license topractice physical therapy in this State;

(2)        Issue, renew, deny,suspend, or revoke licenses to practice physical therapy in this State, orreprimand or otherwise discipline licensed physical therapists and physicaltherapist assistants;

(3)        Conductinvestigations for the purpose of determining whether violations of this Articleor grounds for disciplining licensed physical therapists or physical therapistassistants exist;

(3a)      Establish mechanismsfor assessing the continuing competence of licensed physical therapists orphysical therapist assistants to engage in the practice of physical therapy,including approving rules requiring licensees to periodically, or in responseto complaints or incident reports, submit to the Board: (i) evidence ofcontinuing education experiences; (ii) evidence of minimum standardaccomplishments; or (iii) evidence of compliance with other Board‑approvedmeasures, audits, or evaluations; and specify remedial actions if necessary ordesirable to obtain license renewal or reinstatement;

(4)        Employ suchprofessional, clerical or special personnel necessary to carry out theprovisions of this Article, and may purchase or rent necessary office space,equipment and supplies;

(5)        Conductadministrative hearings in accordance with Chapter 150B of the General Statuteswhen a "contested case" as defined in G.S. 150B‑2(2) arisesunder this Article;

(6)        Appoint from its ownmembership one or more members to act as representatives of the Board at anymeeting where such representation is deemed desirable;

(7)        Establish reasonablefees for applications for examination, certificates of licensure and renewal,and other services provided by the Board;

(8)        Adopt, amend, orrepeal any rules or regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of thisArticle and the duties and responsibilities of the Board.

The powers and dutiesenumerated above are granted for the purpose of enabling the Board to safeguardthe public health, safety and welfare against unqualified or incompetentpractitioners of physical therapy, and are to be liberally construed toaccomplish this objective. In instances where the Board makes a decision todiscipline physical therapists or physical therapist assistants under powersset out by any of subsections (2) through (5) of this section, it may as partof its decision charge the reasonable costs of investigation and hearing to theperson disciplined. (1979, c. 487; 1985, c. 701, s. 1; 1987, c. 827, ss. 1, 77; 2006‑144,s. 1.)