HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortés announced that the Department of State took disciplinary actions against 112 licensed or commissioned professionals in May.
A comprehensive list of sanctions imposed by the 27 boards under the department’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available at on the PA PowerPort (keyword: “licensing disciplinary actions”). Each entry includes the name of the respondent, the license number (if any), the respondent’s last known business address registered with the board, the sanction imposed, a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure, the effective date, and whether the action has been appealed.
A Clearfield County notary received a 12-month license suspension for allowing a document to be signed outside of the notary’s presence. Robin Prince’s suspension was put on six months’ active suspension with the remaining period stayed in favor of probation, effective April 26.
If you have been a victim of unethical treatment, file a complaint either online or through the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs complaints hotline at 800-822-2113.
The bureau’s 27 boards license more than 1 million professionals and businesses. The boards oversee a range of occupations in health and business-related fields, including auctioneers, barbers, chiropractors, engineers, funeral directors, pharmacists, physical therapists, veterinarians and many others. The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs provides resources and guidelines to its licensees to encourage high-quality services to the public.
If any professional holding a Pennsylvania license is found by a board to have violated either state law or that board’s regulations, the board can impose disciplinary action against that licensee. Disciplinary actions may include civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of a license.
Find important information for each of the 27 boards under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, including the current board newsletter and regulations governing each particular board’s licensees, at the Department of State’s Web site.